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Muckheap - Auslan/English
This brand new bilingual version of Muckheap brings the show to audiences in both Auslan (Australian sign language) and in English - so that everyone, both Deaf and hearing, can understand and enjoy this Polyglot classic.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the show in 2011, Polyglot created two new versions: La Ji Da Bian Shen in Mandarin Chinese, and this bilingual production that was developed in residency at Furlong Park School for Deaf Children.
Funny, physical and fantastically messy, Muckheap is a tale of two people trying to clean out their house for their big move. In the process of packing and sorting they find all their hoarded junk too interesting, useful or too full of memories to throw away.
As a way of coping, the characters throw themselves into a story, made up on the spot and Illustrated with whatever comes to hand. What emerges is Jacky and the Beanstalk - with a twist that parallels their own situation.
Slipping from throwing out junk to creating characters with consummate ease, this show displays the awesome power of the puppeteer. It invites children to become their own story makers and encourages imaginative play through whatever you have at hand.
Muckheap is driven by Polyglot’s philosophy of inventive play, children as creators and the idea that the simplest of materials can make for fantastic worlds, with imagination and confidence.