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RONNIE BURKETT






Ronnie Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, and began touring his shows around Alberta at the age of fourteen. Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes was formed in 1986, continuously playing on Canada’s major stages, and as a guest company on numerous tours abroad.

Ronnie received the 2009 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, The Herbert Whittaker Drama Bench Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Theatre, a Village Voice OBIE Award and four Citations of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette.

The Daisy Theatre is the thirteenth production from Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, following the international successes Penny Plain, Billy Twinkle, 10 Days on Earth, Provenance and the “Memory Dress Trilogy” of Tinka’s New Dress, Street of Blood and Happy. The Daisy Theatre will continue to grow over many years, and Ronnie has begun work on his next text-based show, Forget Me Not.

Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes is represented globally by John Lambert & Assoc.

 

RONNIE BURKETT THEATRE OF MARIONETTES CURRENT PRODUCTIONS




Curtains
Currently Touring

The Daisy Theatre is 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 forty marionette characters. 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 favorites Esme Massengill, Mrs. Edna Rural and beloved fairy child Schnitzel. Variety numbers parody theatrical genres from opera, music hall, Las Vegas, French cabaret and vaudeville with characters such as lounge singer Rosemary Focaccia, marionette ventriloquist Meyer Lemon, chanteuse Jolie Jolie, and “Canada’s oldest and worst actress” Miss Lillian Lunkhead, in what Vancouver’s Georgia Straight calls “one of the best shows you’ll ever see”. 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.


THE DAISY THEATRE was co-commissioned by The Luminato Festival (Toronto) and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Los Angeles)  in association with Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes (Toronto)

The Daisy Theatre Photos

  • Jolie Jolie
    Esme Massengill
    Edna Rural
  • Cast
    Schnitzel and Franz
    Major General
  • Ina Klein
    Schnitzel and Mrs. Bohobo
    Madeline Porterhouse
  • Schnitzell
    Jolie Jolie and The Band
    Dolly Wiggler

  • Jolie Jolie
    Esme Massengill
    Edna Rural
    Cast
  • Schnitzel and Franz
    Major General
    Ina Klein
    Schnitzel and Mrs. Bohobo
  • Madeline Porterhouse
    Schnitzell
    Jolie Jolie and The Band
    Dolly Wiggler

The first thing you need to know about Ronnie Burkett’s Theatre of Marionettes is that these puppets are not for kids.  This is sophisticated adult material. And it’s some of the funniest, most brilliant theatre you’ll ever be lucky enough to see. While the show’s dominant flavour is naughty and bawdy, the performances can also be deeply human.
– Jerry Wasserman The Province, (Vancouver Canada)

Daisy is a raucous good time, a night out in the company of a puckish agent provocateur whose wits are as quick as his virtuosity is dazzling.
–  Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal (Edmonton, Canada)  



 

 

Four Interviews with Ronnie Burkett

  • Ronnie Burkett Interview 1
    Ronnie Burkett Interview 2
    Ronnie Burkett Interview 3
    Ronnie Burkett Interview 4
See Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionette’s Retired Productions