by Jeffrey J Addison
Since premiering my new puppet musical MAMA LONG-FIN at the Pumphouse Theatre in Takapuna, we have also developed and begun touring a 45 minute pre-school version for our Kindergarten audience, at Auckland, Hamilton and Cambridge Kindergartens.
MAMA LONG-FIN is an environmental themed musical about an eighty year-old eel and the obstacles she has to overcome on her once-in-a-lifetime journey to the breeding grounds of Hawaiiki. MAMA LONG- FIN features 120 fabulous fold-out ‘Flatsie’ puppets including long-fin, short fin, moray and conger eels, rainbow trout, koura, kokopu and other aquatic creatures that audience children get to puppeteer with us as we tell the story together.
2020 is TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS’ 25th year of creating and performing original puppet theatrical shows for children. MAMA LONG-FIN is the 18th puppet show I have written since Te Whaitaima and I began touring TE NGATA MATAKU in 1995.