You and Me and the Space Between

Terrapin Puppet Theatre


“Islands didn’t always exist. At first, you see, there was a Big Bang, and suddenly all matter existed in the one spot. But from that first moment, the matter started moving out, and the one spot became many – the space between objects grew. And that space, it made islands, of everything.” – Finegan Kruckemeyer

Initiated by award winning Tasmanian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, this project sees Terrapin Puppet Theatre and Theatre of Youth Honolulu co-commission a play for children about islands. Research will be undertaken concurrently in the island states of Hawaii and Tasmania with special attention paid to the small islands lying off the main islands of both states.

It is performed by a narrator, a musician, a comic book or street artist, and a physical performer/puppeteer. As the narrator performs the text, the artist draws imagery live on an iPad, using the award-winning Paper application. These drawings are projected on a large screen, with the performer interacting with the drawings live, creating silhouettes and imagery in front of and behind the screen.

The narrator and artist are engaged locally wherever the work is performed, working with the director, performer and musician for a week before the presentation. Through the accent of the narrator, the hand of the artist, and ideally the local profile of each, the production will have a quality quite unique to the place it is presented in.


Director Sam Routledge
Writer Finegan Kruckemeyer
Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Composer and Musician Dean Stevenson
Lighting Designer Nicholas Higgins
Consultant Ian Pidd
Production Manager Andrew MacDonald
Puppeteer Felicity Horsle

Image l Peter Mathew