Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:29

Ronnie Burkett comes to his hometown of Medicine Hat with his smash hit THE DAISY THEATRE

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Ronnie Burkett’s THE DAISY THEATRE comes to Medicine Hat for a very limited engagement, Oct. 22-24 in the Esplanade Studio Theatre to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre.


THE DAISY THEATRE is internationally renowned puppeteer Ronnie Burkett unleashed ... unscripted, by the seat of his pants, manipulating and voicing his characters through variety acts, impromptu monologues, musical numbers and audience participation, featuring a cast of more than 40 marionette characters.
Burkett will be at the Studio Theatre – Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, 401 First Street S.E. from Thursday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 24. Tickets from $30 (plus GST and applicable service charges). Purchase online at www. tixx.ca or by phone at 403-502-8777.
This production includes mature content. Restricted to audiences 16 and older.
Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, and began touring his shows around Alberta at the age of 14. Celebrated as one of Canada’s foremost theatre artists, Burkett founded his Theatre of Marionettes in 1986, and has produced some of the world’s most evocative and elaborate puppetry, continuously playing on Canada’s major stages, and as a guest company on numerous tours abroad.
 Burkett grew up in Medicine Hat, and was active in Hatterland Children’s Theatre, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre, and was one of the founders of Firehall Theatre. He began performing his own puppet shows at the Library Theatre while a student at Medicine Hat High.
 Since its premiere at the 2013 Luminato Festival, this unique performance event has played to thousands, with audiences and critics alike falling in love with the ridiculous, tender, outrageous antics of Daisy Theatre favourites Esmé Massengill, Mrs. Edna Rural and beloved fairy child Schnitzel.
With the ever-changing content and nightly improv in an intimate setting, The Daisy Theatre is truly a “see it more than once” theatrical experience.
“I’ve never had such a reaction from audiences” says Burkett, “The Daisy Theatre has really touched something we’ve been missing, I think … wild fun, lots of laughter, true uncensored risk coming from the stage, and some deeply reflective moments about the day we are all in. It’s quite raunchy and sweet at the same time, sort of like watching a drag show in church.”
Burkett’s work has been described as “funny, touching, and pure genius” and “some of the funniest, most brilliant theatre you’ll ever be lucky enough to see.”

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