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The Rat Affair are proud to present RAT - The Pied Piper of Hamelin reimagined through live music and shadow puppetry.
Amidst a musical score that shifts between sensationally boisterous Eastern European folk and sparse reﬂective piano works, RAT tells the tale of a curious man who offers to rid a corrupt town in crisis by driving its vermin infestation away. It questions the very nature of theatre by removing speech from the narrative, choosing instead to adopt the use of exquisite puppetry and projection to present a powerful spectacle of light and sound.
RAT brings together a host of outstanding artists working in theatre and performance, promising to be one of the most exciting experiences of 2020.
“it awakes our senses and imagination, provoking those fundamental questions of human condition” Agnieszka Blonska, Theatre Director & Senior Lecturer at Falmouth University
“ﬁercely beautiful imagery with extraordinary music and a biting political comment” Mike Shepherd, Artistic Director of Kneehigh
Made with support from Arts Council England, Hall for Cornwall, Kneehigh, Hawkwood, Falmouth University
Suitable for audiences 10+
About the Festival of Curious Puppetry
The Festival of Curious Puppetry is hosted in Falmouth from Monday 27 January - Saturday 14 March, with a range of theatre, talks, exhibition and film both at The Poly and other local venues. To see the full line up of events, visit the Curious School of Puppetry's website here.
About The Curious School of Puppetry
The Curious of Puppetry has made its 2020 home at The Poly, with a seven-week full-time professional training course from 27 January to 14 March. The Curious School of Puppetry provides a platform for the long-term development of excellence in puppetry performance in Britain. The school aims to grow talent in the service of this wonderful form, and foster individual and collective relationships between existing and emerging generations of artist-puppeteers.