Ronnie Burkett's Happy is the home-spun tale of an army vet living in a roominghouse full of misfits: young poet Carla, chain smoking good-time senior Lucille, Ricky the flamboyant shampoo boy, Raymond the caretaker and a cast of supporting characters. Contrasted with Happy is the jaded emcee of The Gray Cabaret, Antoine Marionette, whose guest artists artfully bring to life the stages of Carla's grief over the death of her husband. The final installment of the Memory Dress Trilogy, Happy, has won two Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards (Edmonton), and at the time of publication has been nomin
In Ronnie Burkett's Tink's New Dress a young puppeteer risks his own life and the lives of those around him when he uses his art to fight an insidious enemy cloaked as The Common Good. The play is an homage to the Czech puppeteers who performed illegal shows during the Nazi occupation, and it has pulled the heartstrings of audiences across North America and Europe. The first installment of The Memory Dress Trilogy, Tinka's New Dress, garnered the Best International Production Award at the Dublin Theatre Festival, five Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards (Edmonton), two Dora Mavor Moore Awards
In Ronnie Burkett's Street of Blood Mrs. Edna Rural of Turnip Corners finds herself with a full plate: her angry gay terrorist son, her conservative husband, a tainted blood scandal and an ageing movie goddess vampire whose appearance coincides with the mysterious disappearance of some of Edna's neighbours. The second installment of The Memory Dress Trilogy, Street of Blood, was awarded a citation for excellence by UNIMA-USA Inc., the US branch of the Union Internationale de la Marionette.