The Bremen Town Musicians

Curriculum Relevance:

English, Drama: Reading, Viewing & Interpreting Imaginative Literary Texts, Traditional Fairytales.

PD & HPE: Problem Solving, Team Work, Taking Action, Building Relationships.

Showing how cooperation and working together gets positive results.

The Bremen Town Musicians is a story about finding new friends and working as a team to solve problems and getting old but refusing to become ‘useless’ in the process.

We meet Donkey, Dog, Cat and Rooster - as one by one they decide to run away. You see, their respective masters have decided they are too old to be of use any more.

One by one they form a group and journey to Bremen where they plan to become musicians and peacefully live out the rest of their days. But things don’t go smoothly. The group finds itself falling victim to thieves until friendship and team work save the day.

Based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale, this production by Purple Capsicum Puppets incorporates slapstick comedy, puppetry, audience participation and live music to tell this age-old tale. The whole audience gets involved, when with the help of a few brave volunteer conductors, everyone is led in an hilarious ‘audience orchestra’.

Purple Capsicum Puppets was formed in 2008 by Michael Bevitt and Beth McMahon. They have studied puppetry here and abroad and performed at Woodford Folk Festival, UNIMA International Congress and the Adelaide Fringe Festival where they won ‘Best Puppetry’ award for their performance of ‘Nightlife’.

What schools have said:

The show was engaging and the children were enthralled from the beginning. The props and puppets were amazing and the performance was one of the best we have had at our school!! Mike and beth were both very professional and incredibley talented.

Jo Rickard. Prep to Year 6. Portland North Primary School. Portland. VIC. 21/03/2017.

The students were engaged right from the start. They enjoyed the humour and the crowd participation and of course the puppets! Energetic, accommodating, funny!

Julie Keeley. 1 to Year 6. St Pius X School. Warrnambool West. VIC. 9/03/2016.

Fantastic reference to the history of paper-making, theatre sets and toys. Amazing range of puppets to portray the different characters. It was ‘crash-tastic’!! Students’ feedback was very enthusiastic. Clear and easy to understand with some great jokes for the older students. Awesome audience participation.

Carolyn Martin-Doyle. K to Year 6. Yackandandah Primary School. Yackandandah. VIC. 20/04/2016.

Price: $5.50 per student ($5.00 + $0.50 GST).

Suitable: Preps, K to Year 7.

Minimum Audience Size: 130 students.

Times: Show: 50 minutes. Set up: 45 minutes. Pack up: 40 minutes.

Requires an indoor performing area 4m deep x 5m wide.

Purple Capsicum Puppets ABN: 11 270 164 579.

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