‘When my daughter (aged nine) and I walked away after the performance… I wanted to walk back in and wrap my arms around it. Yes, we loved it’

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‘A zephyr of pure originality and lyricism flows through this work and one feels the hand of writer Finegan Kruckemeyer’

The Advertiser, Adelaide


 

In Jof’s life at sea, he’ll lose three boats, tie a million knots and tell one magical tale.

Jof is born in a crow’s nest, on the waves and from the youngest age, possesses the sailor’s craft of knot tying. When they are shipwrecked, Jof leaves his parents working in a circus and returns to the sea, learning from the greatest fisherman of all, Okinawa Yukio. But after a storm in a teacup, he finds himself stuck on an island with poor Nicholas.

With his new friend, Jof begins the journey home, using knots to solve problems, songs to lift spirits, and a message in a bottle to remind him of the beautiful harpist, Eliza Turk.

awards

2013 Shanghai International Children’s Festival: Most Excellent Play
2012 Helpmann Award (the Australian national theatre awards): Best Presentation for Children
Finalist, 2011 Sydney Theatre Awards

Cast size

This is a story recounted by two sailors, but others may assist in the telling
Previous seasons: 2 performers, or 8 performers when staged as an opera

Audience size

For ages seven and up, all the way to adult

LENGTH

55-70 minutes

Seasons

(Australia, China, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and USA)

2015

Tasmanian International Arts Festival Spiegeltent

2014

Tasmanian statewide tour, Australia

2013

US national tour
Wooden Boat Festival, Australia
Shanghai International Children’s Festival, China
Nanjing and Hangzhou tour, China

2012

Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, Germany (as ‘Sturmkind’ – an opera)
Tasmanian statewide tour

2011

Giant Magnet Festival, Seattle WA, USA
Cleveland International Children’s Festival, OH, USA
US national tour
Australian national tour
Spreacha Festival, Fingal, Ireland
Capital E National Arts Festival, Wellington, New Zealand

2010

Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia

2009

Come Out Children’s Festival, Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide Festival Centre, Australia

2008

Tasmanian statewide tour, Australia

 

Oldenburgisches Staatstheater production 2012
(German opera version – composer: Hannes Dufek)

First Produced

  • Commissioned/produced by Terrapin Puppet Theatre (Australia), 2008
  • First directed by Frank Newman
  • German season licensed by Rowohlt, translated by Thomas Kruckemeyer
  • Chinese seasons licensed by Reckless Moments, translated by Hu He

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