The Dragon and the Wanderer is a family-friendly show that uses puppets, shadow, movement and music to tell the story of Grog the Neanderthal. Alone in a barren desert and searching desperately for food, Grog discovers an oasis where vegetation is lush and food plentiful. But this almost-paradise is the hunting ground of a menacing dragon, who takes pleasure in tormenting smaller creatures. Using courage and friendship (and telekinesis!), Grog and his new friend Little Bigfoot must outsmart the bully by facing the dragon in battle.
About the Show
The Dragon and the Wanderer is an original 2-person, half hour puppet and physical theatre show for ages 4 and up. It utilizes shadow puppets, hand puppets, life-size puppets, and live actors. With a small, self-contained stage, the show is built to play outdoors, indoors, or in the classroom. We travel with our own battery-powered speakers and lights, and have minimal technical requirements. Set to original music, “The Dragon and the Wanderer” does not use language, and so needs no translation. Friendship and bravery are universal!
The Dragon and the Wanderer is the very first endeavor of Wandering Theatre! The show was built, workshopped, and previewed in Philadelphia, PA, USA. It made the journey to Europe in the summer of 2019, with pop-up street performances and as an official part of OFF Street in the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes (World Puppet Theatre Festival) 2019.
Workshops and Talkbacks
Along with performances, we offer a 15 minute talkback, during which time we answer questions from the audience and give an inside glimpse into how our puppets work.
We also offer puppet-building and manipulation workshops. Participants will build their own shadow puppets, and learn to manipulate them to tell their own stories. These workshops can be specifically tailored to any age range, and can last from 1/2 hr to 2 hrs based on your time frame. We provide the materials–all you need is your creative spirit!
To see The Dragon and the Wanderer in action, check out our Gallery!
The Dragon and the Wanderer is a self-produced puppet show, created and performed by Aaron Roberge and Leah Holleran, two working artists who decided that a self-starting backpacking tour of an original children’s show is the only way to honeymoon. Now, we are striving to begin our U.S. tour by converting a mini school bus into a tiny mobile home! Any and all support of our crazy endeavor means the world to us, and makes a huge difference!