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This acclaimed adaptation is coming to the Midlands.
Lolita Chakrabarti’s innovative stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s award-winning novel, Life Of Pi, was an immediate hit when it premiered at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre in 2019. A West End transfer followed in 2021, as did a handful of Olivier Awards - including for best new play.
The show tells the story of Pi, whose parents run a zoo in India but decide to sell up and emigrate to Canada. After a storm wrecks the ship on which they’re travelling, Pi is cast adrift on a lifeboat, which he shares with some of the creatures from the zoo - most notably a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker...
A menagerie of exotic creatures is at the heart of the show, all brought to life through the magic of puppetry.
“We’re always improvising on stage, so it feels really live,” reveals puppeteer Romina Hytten, who helps work the tiger. “That’s part of making the animals feel as alive and as realistic as possible. We don’t want it to be too choreographed or too set in stone. So there’s room to play every night, and you get to feel that exciting buzz of not being quite sure what the tiger is going to do next.”
A crude, compelling coming-of-age comedy.
Written by Michael Neri
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