A Little Bit of Blue by Little Wing Puppets

A Little Bit of Blue is an interactive environmental detective story, performed by Jenny Ellis, which combines puppetry and physical comedy. As well as unraveling a mystery, it involves learning about the unique habits of an extraordinary Australian creature, the Satin bowerbird, and their fascination with the colour blue.

The story begins with strange disappearances from Mrs Mavis Hooley’s home. Something has just gone missing and is nowhere to be found. Mrs Hooley has been looking everywhere. But it’s not just today. Every day a new thing seems to disappear. Little things. A $10 note. Clothes pegs. A ball of wool. It’s troubling at first, but then the thief takes it one step too far.

Mavis calls in a Detective to investigate. They set a trap for the burglar. A stake out is required. In the dead of night, and the Detective indeed finds something peculiar.... The children’s role is to help him solve the case.

The style of puppetry used in the show is inspired by Bunraku, a Japanese form of theatre. In traditional Bunraku, puppeteers are not hidden, even though they are often dressed in black, but are seen working the puppet. Contemporary theatre has borrowed this technique, with recent examples including Warhorse and The Lion King. In this production, Jenny plays a Detective as well as manipulating the puppets on the stage. The interesting thing about this technique is audience still suspends their disbelief, and believes in the characters, even though their manipulation is clearly visible.

Touring window: April/May

Fee: $750 + $150 for technical equipment

Ideal for: Children ages 3-10

Education Links: Science, Visual Arts

A Little Bit of Blue is an interactive detective show for families, told with puppetry.

2nd Apr 2019 to 2nd May 2019

Little Wing Puppets
Duration: 40 minutes, no interval
Artform: Puppetry
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Date Venue Location More info
2nd Apr 2019 Flinders Arts and Entertainment Centre Patrick Street, Whitemark, Flinders Island  
3rd Apr 2019 The Little Theatre 17 Barrack Street, Deloraine, 7304
5th Apr 2019 Cygnet Town Hall Channel Hwy, Cygnet, 7112
13th Apr 2019 Marysville Information & Cultural Centre 11 Murchison St, Marysville, 3779
15th Apr 2019 Portarlington Neighbourhood House 28 Brown St, Portarlington, 3223
17th Apr 2019 Birchip Neighbourhood House Shamrock, Cumming Ave, Birchip, 3483
18th Apr 2019 Kaniva Shire Hall Baker Street, Kaniva, 3419
19th Apr 2019 Ararat Performing Arts Centre Barkly Street, Ararat, 3377
20th Apr 2019 Teesdale Community Hall Mechanics Institute 1109 Bannockburn-Shelford Road, Teesdale, 3328
24th Apr 2019 Myrrhee Soldiers Memorial Hall Myrrhee  
29th Apr 2019 Birregurra Mechanics Institute (Public Hall) Main Street, Birregurra, 3242
30th Apr 2019 Tylden Hall 5 Tylden-Woodend Rd, Tylden, 3444  
1st May 2019 Strathmerton Hall Murray Valley Highway, Strathmerton, 3641
2nd May 2019 Cobram Civic Centre Punt Road, Cobram, 3644