One thing’s for sure: you don’t book for a Ronnie Burkett piece unless your timekeeping and your bladder are up to the task. You’re either in the door for kick-off, or you’re locked out. (Due to circumstances a little too complicated to describe, I made it by only a few minutes, and that was only after a run across Princes Bridge.) Feel the urge to leave during the two and a bit hour performance (with no interval) and they won’t let you back in.

And fair enough too. This isn’t the Knox multiplex, and you’re not seeing the latest Hollywood fluff piece. This is Canada’s — and one of the world’s — finest puppeteer at work. And if you’re thinking Being John Malkovich, don’t.

Another piece full of music, humour, and sometimes brutal drama, Provenance (like Tinka’s New Dress before it) covers a number of intertwining themes. Burkett received burns last week due to an off-stage accident, but showed no sign of ongoing suffering. It was deep without being impenetrable. At times you could almost sense the audience gazing down on him, tense, waiting to see what would happen next. Great stuff.Thumbs up!

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

4 replies on “Provenance”

You’ve got to LOVE puppeteers! Sheer genius! We don’t get too many really good ones out here in Bathurst NSW! Argh! I used to do puppeteering when teaching children – they were just the BEST experiences!

Mal :o)

He must not be a well known Canadian. Cause…I’m sitting here in big city (well for Atlantic Canada) Canada and I have never heard his name before in my life. But I’m glad he’s known in Australia :)

Krista in Canada – Ditto for me!! I’ve never heard of him either and I’m on the west coast of Canada. I’m going to ask my cousin on the prairies if she has heard of him and also check him out on the net.

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