Once Upon an Island Story Centre

May 2, 2007

Once Upon an Island – Festival of Story 2007

Filed under: Festival — tanyabatt @ 3:57 am

Luke Devery

Not once, not twice, nor thrice…2007 is the fourth year of the Once Upon an Island Festival of Story. We’ve got all kinds of stories surprises in store for you this year. Our line up includes the Travelling Tuataras from Rotorua who will be igniting the creative spark with their performances and workshops. Moira Wairama will be returning to the island joined by her storytelling partner Tony Hopkins with bilingual stories and an island launch of her award winning book, The Puppet Box. This years festival will have a special focus on the ancient art of puppeteering. New Zealand puppeteer Judith Bishop will be sharing her skills and puppet maker and author Erin Devlin of The Kiwi Puppet Company will be highlighting her new books featuring NZ native birds. The talented Luke Devery will delight you with his shadow puppet performance of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Happy Prince’.Exercise you own talents as a storyteller and enrole in a story and integrated arts workshop at the ‘Artworks with Story’ Day. Choices include film, Indian dance, doll making, puppetry,drama, music, clay, visual arts just to name a few.As ever we’ll be out in the Stony Batter Tunnels on the Queen’s birthday Monday. This year the tunnels will be transformed into a dragon’s lair. Check out the Gulf News – Imagined Worlds Kids Page for our great ‘Wyrm of Waiheke Treasure Hunt’. Competition starts 3rd May.We look forward to you joining out story.

Friday 1st June 6pm Festival Opening Piritahi Marae

Featuring the Traveling Tuataras, Moira Wairama, Tony Hopkins, Tanya Batt and Craig Denham.All ages. Entry by Koha.

Saturday 2nd June 1 – 4pm Once Upon a Puppet Artworks Complex.

An action packed three hours of puppets shows and sharing. Featuring Judith Bishop, Luke Devery Erin Devlin and Moira Wairama.

1.00pm Little Bird – Jude Bishop (Ages 3-6 years) Artworks Theatre

1.45pm ‘Good Morning, Good Night’ & ‘As KuKu Slept’ – Erin Devlin (4 – 10 years) Art works Foyer

2.30pm ‘The Happy Prince’ – Luke Devery (all ages) Artworks Theatre

3.15 ‘The Puppet Box’ – Moira Wairama (3 – 8 years) Story Centre


Saturday 2nd June 10 – 4pm Artworks with Story

A day of story workshops in film, dance, drama, music, puppetry, clay, textile art and lots more. Workshops limited to 10 places each. Book quick. Public showing of performances 3.00pm at Artworks Theatre.

All ages. Cost $5—$10 Artworks Complex. Bookings essential

Monday 4th June 12-3pm Into the Dragons Lair Stony Batter Tunnels Come enter the lair of the Waiheke Wyrm and join an interactive storytelling drama. Sessions run on the ½ hour at 12.30/1.30/2.30. Please arrive 10 minutes before session . Dress as a princess or knight to win a spot prize. Cost $5 or $15 per family (2 adults & 2 children)


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