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19 January 2021 - 30 November 2023



In Development


Terrapin Puppet Theatre

Radical hope in a collapsing world


Goldfish is a ground-breaking collaboration between Terrapin and Aichi Prefectural Art Theater, marrying form and story in a radical reimagining of the theatrical model.


The production for intergenerational audiences evokes a futuristic, drowned world whose inhabitants are isolated in five fortresses. This work for intergenerational audiences engages in urgent conversations about what happens after the end of the world.


No two presentations of Goldfish will be the same: it does not travel with a set. Instead, the world is constructed afresh in every location, using the physical assets of the theatre – truss, rostra, lamps – in concert with the materials of disaster recovery unique to the place. A blue tarpaulin becomes a surging ocean; pallets of tinned food become battlements; bags of rice become sandbags to hold back a flood. All collected materials will be donated at the end of the season, working with community partners like Foodbank and the SES. This methodology was developed through extended cultural exchange between Tasmanian and Japanese artists and honed through field research in Nagoya and Hobart.


Writer: Finegan Kruckemeyer

Designer: Ayami Sasaki

Co-Directors: Narumi Koehei and Sam Routledge

Composer and Kinetic Sculptor: Dylan Sheridan

Puppetry designer: Bryony Anderson

Script Translation: Norifumi Hida

Residence coordination in Japan: Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater

Residence coordination in Japan: Chiryu Public Theater


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Ten Days on the Island, Rising, Perth Festival and Adelaide Festival.

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