Ramesh Meyyappan: Butterfly

The Arches presents

Ramesh Meyyappan: Butterfly

Tue 27 Jan 2015 | 7.30pm - 8.30pm | £14/10 | 12+

A striking adaptation of Madame Butterfly, exploring themes of love, disappointment, loss and hope, created by Ramesh Meyyappan (Snails & Ketchup), with puppetry by Gavin Glover (The Tin Forest / A Christmas CarolNational Theatre of Scotland) and music by David Paul Jones.

This modern multi-disciplinary piece uses visually poetic narrative and movement, and beautiful, handcrafted puppets to tell the tale of Butterfly, a female kitemaker, whose life has been shattered following the departure of her lover, who has left her alone, isolated and traumatised. We follow this beautiful, complex, traumatised character, who is so grief-stricken that she decides to conjure a whole new life for herself in her head – one that is happier and close to perfect. But as she flits deeper into her imaginary world, her beauty begins to fade and her tale takes another tragic turn.

This adaptation draws on the classic themes of love, loss and despair from Madame Butterfly, using them to create a unique and fresh interpretation that addresses issues pertinent to contemporary audiences. Meyyappan’s established visual style is complemented by the introduction of outstanding puppetry, creating a lush, textured, innovative piece of visual theatre.

“absolutely breathtaking… utterly delightful”
InkPot Reviews

“equal parts gorgeous and gutting”
Straits Times

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