By Finegan Kruckemeyer, conceived by Andy Packer
The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy tells the story of a boy made of cheese whose home planet (also made of cheese) is obliterated by a passing meteorite, reducing his home and his parents to a bubbling fondue. Waking up on Earth Cheeseboy struggles to come to terms with being alone. Through his adventures with travelling gypsies, and his discovery of his ability to fly when he eats cheese on earth, our hero eventually understands that although he is alone in the universe, by knowing who he is and where he came from he is capable of having a beautiful and adventurous life.
Slingsby’s inaugural production The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy has become the company’s “calling card”, opening doors around the world and earning 5-star reviews. Over 240 performances to more than 20,740 people in Singapore, USA, Canada, Spain, UK, Scotland, New Zealand and regional and metropolitan Australia since the show premiered in 2008 – not bad numbers for a little show-in-a-tent that seats 125 people.
The 2009 world tour of The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy won a Ruby Award, a South Australian arts and cultural award, for “Leadership in Arts Enterprise”. Cheeseboy has received outstanding reviews around the world, including a five star reviews from Scotland’s The Herald Newspaper, and enjoyed a ‘sold out’ season on 42nd Street’s Duke Theatre in New York.
We are thrilled that in October – November 2014 The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy undertakes an eight season tour of Ireland and Norway.
5-7 October, 2014 – Dublin Theatre Festival, The Ark, Dublin, Ireland
10-11 October, 2014 – Draíocht, Blanchardstown, Ireland
14-15 October, 2014 – Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival, Limerick, Ireland
17-19 October, 2014 – Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway, Ireland
25-26 October, 2014 – Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival, Castlebar, Ireland
29 October, 2014 – The Mad Hatter Children’s Theatre Festival, Sligo, Ireland
1-2 November, 2014 – Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Ireland
11-12 November, 2014 – Mini Midi Maxi Festival, Bergen, Norway
Director: Andy Packer
Playwright: Finegan Kruckemeyer
Performers: Stephen Sheehan / Sam McMahon / Rory Walker
Production Manager: Roland Partis
Composer: Quincy Grant
Designer: Wendy Todd
Design Consultant: Geoff Cobham
Lighting Design: Geoff Cobham
Sound Design: Nick O’Connor
Illustrator: Andy Ellis
New Media Artist: Simone Mazengarb
New Media Consultant: Sophie Hyde