“A zephyr of pure originality and lyricism flows through this work….which simply carries one into a vivid and fantastical world.”

Boats is a story of two mariners fleeing their past and embracing adventure. They meet through bizarre circumstances involving a chicken, a deserted island and a sombrero.

Boats is classic storytelling where the magic unfolds in front of the audience. The sound effects are created live, a boat is cut from bread, a bird tied from rope, a circus hides in a jacket, and finally a storm is made with a teacup. Boast has acrobatics, object manipulation, a microphone that goes in water and enchanting storytelling. It is a moving story that leaves a lump in your throat and a smile on your face.


Winner of the 2012 Helpmann Award for Best presentation for Children in Australia


Frank Newman

Finegan Kruckemeyer

Matthew Fargher

Set and Puppet Design
Greg Methé

Costume Design
Roz Wren

Quinn Griggs
Jeff Michel

Production Manager
Andrew MacDonald

A Terrapin Puppet Theatre Production

2012 Tasmanian Tour presented by Performing Lines TAS

Information for Presenters

Presentation History

Brighton Civic Centre, TAS
Sheffield School, TAS
Exeter Primary School, TAS
Little Theatre, Meander Valley
Deloraine, TAS
Scottsdale Primary School
Scottsdale, TAS
St Mary’s Community Hall
Portland, TAS
Swansea School Hall
Swansea, TAS
Palais Theatre
Franklin, TAS
Sorell Memorial Hall
Sorell, TAS
Hobart, TAS

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Photograph Peter Mathew

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.