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20 January 2021



2011, 2012, 2014


Terrapin Puppet Theatre

Oslo Rogers has a very fun mum called Ruthy, and lives in a very fun town called Mellingong. But now a very unfun problem (called a big approaching storm) is forcing everyone to head for The Clondike, the big town hall on the hill.

And they can only take a few important things each – ‘love luggage’, Ruthy calls it. But the thing is, Oslo’s mum is a milk-lady, and owns a milk-float, and those can hold heaps of ‘love luggage’… if you pack them right. So Oslo sets out to help the people of Mellingong, and to find out the things they love most, the things you would save from a storm.

In this new play the lyrical and heart driven writing of Finegan Kruckemeyer is brought to life with traditional puppets, digital puppetry, stunning music and Terrapin’s trademark silly business. Watch as the set unfolds and puppeteers control the animated images. Love is a heartfelt story that is thoroughly entertaining on many levels.

Join this very brave 10-year-old, as he races against the elements and discovers a whole world of stories, all held in a milk-float’s worth of objects.

“Love is an amazingly multi-layered piece of visual theatre. It could even be one of those rare shows that burn brightly forever in the memories of the young children who are lucky enough to see it, for there is much here that is memorable.
Packed full to bursting with wacky larger-than-life-characters, stories and imagery, Love weaves between moments of scintillating live action, transformative physical and digital animation, and concise puppetry.”

Gai Anderson, Write Response

“It was not hard to engage and just be swept up in a charming story filled with likeable characters.
There’s a storm sequence where our tiny hero, Oslo, bears the brunt of a cyclone: puppetry, performance and technology come together well to serve the creation of strong and engaging drama; and my disbelief was completely suspended. This was one of many exciting moments where I really felt I was seeing something very new, and that was an exciting sensation.
Love is a strong show with something uplifting to say.”
Andrew Harper, Australian Stage Online


2014 USA Tour including Cleveland International Children’s Festival, OH and Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, St Paul MN
2012  Australian Performing Arts Market, Adelaide
2011  Tasmanian Tour


Director: Frank Newman
Writer: Finegan Kruckemeyer
Designer: Selena de Carvalho
Design Dramaturg/Mentor: Anna Tregloan
Composer: Matthew Fargher
Animations: Stefan Le Mottee
Lighting Designer: Jason James

Starring Mel King and Jeff Michel

Systems Designer: Matt Daniels
Lighting Operator: Andrew MacDonald
Audio and Video Operator: Joseph Barrows


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