About "The Legend of Ned Kelly":
In 2003 Director Annie Forbes saw Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly series exhibited at the City Gallery in Wellington, NZ. Annie was struck by the dramatic possibilities of the paintings so began to think about how the work could be realized into a stage production. When she was appointed as the Artistic Director of Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Tasmania, in 2004 the concept began to materialise into reality. In September 2005 negotiations with the National Gallery of Australia commenced towards a partnership to create the production utilising the Kelly series by integrating puppetry and digital animation to bring the works to life in a dramatic three-dimensional form. To realize this ambitious project, Annie brought together an impressive team of Australian artists to collaborate in three distinct stages of creative process over a 12-month period. The resulting production became Annie's signature work for Terrapin.
Co-devisor & Director: Annie Forbes
Co-devisor & Designer: Richard Jeziorny
Image Realisation: Cazarine Barry
Puppet Realisation: Tim Denton
Composer: Constantine Koukias
Text & Lyrics: Finegan Kruckemeyer
Lighting Designer: Daniel Zika
2006 Season produced by: Terrapin Puppet Theatre
Performers: Gai Anderson, Clinton Barker, Laura Purcell, Sam Routledge.
Stage Manager & Lighting Operator: Jason James
AV and Sound Operator: Caleb Doherty
Theatre Royal Hobart, 7 - 11 September 2006
Princes Theatre Launceston, 22 September 2006
Come Out Festival Adelaide, 14 - 18 May 2007
The Arts Centre Melbourne, 29 May - 1 June 2007
2007 Season produced by: AboutFace Productions
Performers: Gai Anderson, Clinton Barker, Tim Denton, Sarah Hamilton, Lachlan Plain.
Stage Manager and Technican: Caleb Doherty
Tour Manager: Daniel Zika