Explore the wonder of a unique theatrical medium at the NAC
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Friday, 09 March 2012 16:33
Marionette puppetry has evolved far beyond Pinocchio. Nowadays, this art form features elaborate set designs, complex puppets and stories that can be as deep and passionate as any other play that takes the stage. If travellers in Canada's capital city this spring wish to see a show like this in person, they can make plans to visit the National Arts Centre (NAC) for its performance of Penny Plain.
Penny Plain is the brainchild of the Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, which has been creating plays for more than 25 years and presents them throughout the country. Burkett has perfected the process of using puppets to tell a complex and moving tale to an audience with mature tastes. His most recent creation is following a string of very successful performances that have been recognised by theatre experts all over the world. Penny Plain has already been seen in other major Canadian cities, including Vancouver and Toronto last winter.
The story is about an old woman, Penny, who is blind and interacts with the world though her other heightened senses. Even while sitting in her chair at home, she is greeted by a colourful cast of characters that develop a unique dialogue with the woman and offer insight into her interesting world. Some of the visitors she interacts with include talking dogs and a serial killer on the loose.
"Marionette theatre has allowed me to be any character, any fantastic creature," Burkett told Ottawa XPress Magazine. "Within this canvas I can have many voices. My specific joy is performing on stage."
With a creator as enthusiastic about his craft as Burkett, guests who witness these plays in person are sure to delight in the talent and skill that comes forth at the NAC. Tickets can be purchased through the venue's website, and daily shows will be offered though April 1. Although the nature of these performances seems geared toward children, the themes are mature and it is more for an audience ages 14 and up.
Those who delight in experiencing new things while on holiday should plan on attending this show during their tours of Ottawa for a fantastic holiday activity.