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World Puppetry Series: The Firebird by International Purves Puppets (UK)


Firebird fights with the wicked wizard

6-7 April 2012 (Fri-Sat) 8pm
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
$190, 140

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8 April 2012 (Fri-Sat) 8pm
Auditorium, Tai Po Civic Centre
$150, 100

(In Cantonese with NO Chinese and English surtitles)

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Won Gordon MacRae Award in Scotland

“…we are treated to humorous animals and precisely timed and special effects which make the audience of children and adults gasp in wonder.”
Three Weeks, England

“Through a spectacular blend of traditional puppetry and state-of-the-art animation, the Purves Puppets are unique in the world of storytelling.”
Edinburgh Festival 2011

About the story

The Firebird is a famous folktale from Russia, on a journey through the magical forest, Prince Ivan has to find the beautiful Princess Zerena with the help of Grey Wolf, who can transform himself into many disguises. In the story, we meet Prince Ivan and his two silly brothers, as well as Koschei the evil Wizard and many other colourful characters, including the Firebird herself! The Firebird is not only one of the famous modern ballets by Stravinsky but also the most important one. An enchanting story with action-packed adventures to delight the whole family! They performed their first show since about 3 years ago, they have toured with great success in many British theatres and festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Malta etc.

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About the Arts Group

The International Purves Puppets(UK) have now been firmly established as a leading professional company for 40 years, in which time they have continually toured the world, while also performing in their own award winning permanent theatre - the first and only fully working puppet theatre of its kind in Scotland.

The company are household names throughout the U.K., having been welcomed in towns and cities up and down the country - as well as making numerous T.V. appearances, but even more impressive is the number of countries they have been invited to perform in: France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany, Taiwan, Syria, Singapore, Jordan and Hong Kong

Their performances are given by large scale puppets (designed specifically for full-size theatres) and manipulated in Bunraku style by professional puppeteers. Most productions are performed in 'Black Light', where both the puppets and scenery glow like magic, while the operators seem to disappear among a kaleidoscope of fluorescent colours.

Although designed specifically for younger audiences, the performances are appreciated, not only by children, but adults as well.

"Adults definitely enjoy our shows. Moreover, they appreciate the amount of work and care that has been put into our performances, specifically in the costumes, scenery and script". Said by Ian Purves, Director.

They have now played to nearly three generations. Children that they originally performed to are now grown up and return with their own children. In this way, our magic has become so much a part of people's happy childhood memories.

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Programme Length
The programme lasts for about 90 minutes with 15 minutes intermission
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Ticketing and Concession

Tickets available from 25 February onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking

Discount Scheme
Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission

Family Fun Discount
10% off for each purchase of standard tickets for any 2 different programmes; 15% off for each purchase of standard tickets for any 3 different programmes of The Firebird by International Purves Puppets (UK), PSY by Les 7 Doigts de la Main (Canada), and Aladdin & Hänsel & Gretel (abridged version) by Marionettentheatre Schloss Schönbrunn (Austria)

Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;
15% off for each purchase of 10-19 standard tickets;
20% off for each purchase of 20 or more standard tickets

Each ticket admits one person only. Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase
Please refer to individual programme leaflets for Family Fun Series details

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Internet Booking:
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323

Audience of age 3 or above are welcome
Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until intermission or a suitable break in the programme
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary

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