Harlequin to the Rescue

Sat 18 Jan 2020 - Sat 18 Jan 2020

3 pm - 4 pm

Randwick Literary Institute
60 Clovelly Road, Randwick

The international award-winning MURPHYS PUPPETS brings Arlecchino, the lovable, rascally King of Clowns and Puppets from his native Italy to Australia to star in the comedy, “TO THE RESCUE”.


It’s an adventure story because someone is planning to kidnap the princess! It’s also a love story because someone is planning to marry the princess. But mainly it’s a comedy because when the Princess is kidnapped only Arlecchino is brave enough (or silly enough) to attempt a rescue. With the aid of his Feral Godmother, he sets off on a rollicking adventure. Audiences are whisked back to the carnival world of travelling Mask comedians. The comedy features all the old masked characters of the Italian pantomime: a world populated by misers, wenches, bragging soldiers, enchanted animals and zany clowns. With lots of laughter and audience participation, children love to join in the action, while adults smile and pick up the more subtle satire that is a hallmark of the traditional puppet shows.

In Italy the Drama Critic of the Italian national newspaper, L’Unita, called Dennis Murphy “one of the world’s finest glove-puppeteers.”

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