Theatre For Kids - Puppet Theatre The Homeless Panda

Xióngmāo the Giant Panda wakes up to find that her home has been taken! Where will she go? In her quest to find a new place to call her own, Xióngmāo will travel across China meeting Monkeys, Red Pandas, Pangolins and more.

But will they offer her a place to stay?The Homeless Panda is a family tale about looking past our differences & remembering that we all feed off the same stuff: love, happiness & bamboo!

The Show

Originally commissioned by the Rondo Theatre Company in January 2016, The Homeless Panda is a brand new piece of family theatre which uses various styles of puppetry & live action performance to convey the journey of Xiongmao the Giant Panda, who is looking for a new home.

Having completed an initial run at The Rondo in March ’16 to great success, Hodgepodge Theatre was borne out of the play’s devising team with a view to touring the show both nationally & internationally and creating others like it.


Aimed at audiences from 3 years upwards, the show makes full use of the auditorium, with the performers viewing the audience as part of the story and keeping them involved throughout the show.

The story invites questions about tougher subjects such as the Syrian refugee crisis and deforestation, without ever letting up on the fun during the performance.

During our initial run, a number of audience members commented on the show’s ability to appeal to different age groups by cleverly using humour and puppetry to draw Mums and Dads into the action too!

Synopsis

Xióngmāo (pronounced ‘Sha-Mow’) the Giant Panda wakes up one morning to find that her bamboo laden, edible haven has been taken! Where will she go?
The monkeys say she’s too big for their trees, the Red Pandas think she’d eat all of their food and as for the others, well…they just think she looks weird.
Xióngmāo must travel far & wide to seek new friends, see new places & ultimately, find somewhere to call home again.

With puppets & pageantry a plenty, The Homeless Panda is a family tale about looking past our differences & remembering that we all feed off the same stuff: love, happiness & bamboo!

Dates toured

  • 28/01/17 – The Lighthouse, Poole 
  • 04/02/17 – Central Studio, Basingstoke
  • 12/02/17 – Merlin Theatre, Frome
  • 23/02/17 – 24/02/17 – The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
  • 11/03/17 – Rialto Theatre, Brighton
  • 18/03/17 – Farnham Maltings, Farnham
  • 08/04/17 – The Shoebox Theatre, Swindon Fringe Festival
  • 09/04/17 – 10/04/17 – The Little Angel Theatre, Islington

Upcoming dates: n/a

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