Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes

Billy Twinkle Requiem for a Golden Boy

18 - 28 March 2009 / 19:45, 19:15
Silk Street Theatre


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Billy Twinkle is a middleaged cruise ship puppeteer who dazzles audiences with his ‘Stars in Miniature’ marionette nightclub act. Saucy burlesque stripper Rusty titillates the tourists and roller-skating juggler Bumblebear steals their hearts. Billy is the best in the business and on top of
the world, until he is fired.

Contemplating a watery demise, Billy is called back to reality by the ghost of his dead mentor Sid Diamond and forced to rekindle his passion for puppets, people and the dream of a life that sparkles.

For anyone stuck mid-career, mid-love, mid-life, this requiem for a golden boy shines a light on the wonder of youth meeting the wisdom of age.

Performance time: 19:45 (19:15 19 Mar)
Running time: 105 mins/no interval
Latecomers will not be admitted

Age restriction 14+
Children under the age of 14 will not be admitted

26 Mar 19:15 Audio described performance and touch tour

Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett
Music by John Alcorn
Lighting Design by Kevin Humphrey

Commissioned by The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Canada
Co-commissioned by barbicanbite09, London, UK; Canada’s National Arts Centre Ottawa, Canada; The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, Canada; The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia and Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Billy Twinkle: Requiem for a Golden Boy is presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes is represented internationally by John Lambert & Assoc., Montreal, Canada

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