From the creators of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer and It’s Dark Outside comes a sensitive new show for children about loss, friendship and new beginnings. Combining puppetry, live action and animation, New Owner takes us on a world of adventure through a dog’s eyes.
Arielle Gray and Tim Watts are the exceptionally talented creators of New Owner and their ability to integrate puppetry, acting and animation in a story that genuinely appeals to audiences aged from seven to 70 is outstanding.
Combining puppetry, live action and animation, New Owner takes us on a world of adventure through a dog’s eyes. It is about loss, friendship and new beginnings. Bernie is a boisterous puppy waiting to be chosen from the animal shelter. Mabel is a lonely widow, trying to fill the hole in her heart. The day they find each other is the beginning of a profound friendship - but Mabel is old, and Bernie is young – and suddenly alone.
The first spark for NEW OWNER came when touring another of our shows, IT’S DARK OUTSIDE. There is a scene in the show where a white fluffy dog reunites with his owner. No matter where in the world the show is performed the scene always greatly affects the audience, they absolutely fall in love with the dog, and it made us want to explore that character more.
We started thinking more deeply about dogs and their lives. We began thinking about how when dogs are adopted a new owner will never know the adventures or experiences that dog has been through before they came into their lives In NEW OWNER, we explore the myriad of relationships in the life of a dog and how his experiences change him. We follow him during his adventures, seeing what he sees from his perspective. You can look forward to getting to know the humans in this story through their feet!
Arielle Gray and Tim Watts Co-creators
Helpmann Award Nominated 2017 - Best Presentation for Children
Dora Award Winner 2019 - Outstanding Production for Young Audiences (Harbourfront Junior Festival, Toronto)
2016 - Premiere: Originally presented in collaboration with the AWESOME Festival at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) (01-16 Oct)
2018 - Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Ottowa, Toronto Festivals, 11 May-03 June)
Japan (Yokohama & Osaka, 04 - 08 Aug)
China (The Art Space for Kids A.S.K, Shanghai, 06-23 Sept)
2019 - Adelaide (DreamBIG Festival, 13-26 May)
Edinburgh (Imaginate Children’s Festival, 28 May-01 June)
Darwin Festival (22-26 Aug)
Created by Arielle Gray and Tim Watts
Performed by Tim Watts and Rachael Woodward
Design & Gadgets Anthony Watts
Original Music Composition Rachael Dease
Puppet Design & Construction Chloe Flock
If you are interested in touring get in contact!
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02 9699 7133