“The Man Who Planted Trees” is a captivating adaptation by Puppet State Theatre Company of the beloved book written by French author Jean Giono in 1953.
In this simple yet powerful environmental tale, a French shepherd sets out with his dog to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland. As war rages across Europe, their young forest comes under threat. The show is a unique blend of comedy, puppetry, and storytelling, with sensory effects creating scents, wind, and rain. This is an inspiring and unforgettable story that shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.
Puppet State Theatre Company, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, was founded by Richard Medrington. After performing his one-man puppet shows for twenty years, he joined forces with puppeteer Rick Conte and puppeteer/maker Ailie Cohen in 2006. “The Man Who Planted Trees” was developed in 2006 and has been touring extensively to schools, village halls, theatres, and festivals across the UK and Ireland, as well as in Malaysia, Bermuda, the Netherlands, United States, Canada, and Australia, including performances off-Broadway at the New Victory Theatre and at the Sydney Opera House. The play was honored with the Scottish Eco Prize for Creativity in 2007.
Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. Terrific. – The Guardian
This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.