Space Hippo was a huge hit on our Canadian tour, receiving several five star reviews and selling out shows. But the highlight of the tour may have been winning four pick-of-the-fringe awards at the Victoria Fringe Festival, including best overall show. Thank you to everyone who voted for us! It was a huge honour.
Best Overall Show
Best Visual Theatre/Puppetry
Best Performance from an Under Represented Artis
Best Show Design
This past March, we performed our shadow show "Debris" at the Suginami Theatre Festival in Tokyo. We were surprised and delighted to discover that we won an outstanding performance award. For this we recieved a certificate and a nice trophy. It's not often that a puppetry company can do so well in a non-puppetry related theatre festival, so we are very honoured to receive this award.
Our shadow puppetry show Debris was chosen as one of the top three finalists for a contest for the best puppet show by a new company in Japan. We went to Nagoya where we performed the show along with the other finalists. It was our first time performing with Ayuka Oonishi who did the Japanese narration and voices for all of the characters. After all three performances, a panel of judges chose us for first place! Victory!
During the winter time, we do children shows at pre-schools and libraries in Japan. At one library show in Tochigi, a reporter came to film us and we were featured in a story on the local news.