Puppet show and workshop

​Toro Pikopiko present Te Rerenga - The Flight: Puppet shows and puppetry workshops.

If you are looking for some creative, affordable, entertainment for the whole whanau, come along and watch Te Rerenga - The Flight Puppet Show and then have a go yourself at a Puppetry Workshop.

Toro Pikipiko Puppets is the world's first Māori Rock-Art Puppet Musical.   Jeffrey Addison (Ngai Tahu) and Whaitaima Te Whare (Ngāti Tuwharetoa) are a dynamic performance duo with  22 years experience creating  puppet  theatre, radio & television programs for children.  


Te Rerenga - The Flight: Puppet shows

Their latest production, Te Rerenga - The Flight, is an acoustic rock musical, featuring 80  'Flatso' puppets inspired from ancient cave drawings made on Limestone cliffs and caves around the Timaru district. The show re-tells a Ngai Tahu legend about Pourangahua and her epic flight to Aotearoa, with the aid of Matariki stars and migrating whales.  She flies from cave to cave, meeting a host of colourful characters including Bats, Creepy Crawlies, Moa, Pouakai Eagles, and Human Bird Hunters – intent on making Pourangahua their next meal. 

Te Rerenga - The Flight is a 1 hour show, with 8 catchy original songs written especially for years 1 – 8 primary school children.   This immersive production takes its audience back in time hundreds of years where they help animate a multitude of rock art characters who meet up with Pou, while she is seeking her own kind. Children interactively learn about our rock-art heritage by animating 2 dimensional rock-art puppets throughout the show.

When: Thursday 11 January, 10.30-11.30am & Thursday 18 January, 10.30-11.30am

Where: Children's Area, Rotorua Library, 1238 Pukuatua St

Age: Up to 13 years

Booking is not required for the puppet show. Gold coin koha is appreciated.


Puppetry Workshops

Toro Pikopiko will also hold Rock Art Puppetry Workshops in conjunction with show performances, where participants use their own imagination to tell stories using rock-art puppets. 

In these workshops, a demonstration of puppetry performance is given, using a variety of puppets from the Toro Pikopiko collection.  Techniques and puppeteering tips are shared, such as how to walk a puppet, how to switch audience focus from puppet to puppet, how to imbue character and personality into a puppet, and finding a voice for the puppet. Groups practice these techniques creating their own story using the puppets and sets provided. The groups then enact their stories with supportive feed-back on their efforts.

When: Thursday 11 January, 11.30am-12.30pm & Thursday 18 January, 11.30am-12.30pm

Where: Programmes Space, Rotorua Library, 1238 Pukuatua St

Age: 7-13 years

Booking: Booking is required for the Puppetry Workshop. Book online or contact Rotorua library.  Gold coin koha is appreciated.

Come along, enjoy the show and learn something new!


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