The Man Who Planted Trees

Theatre | Puppetry

Studio Theatre
65 minutes + Q&A

Grades:  Grade 2 to Grade 7
Ages: 7 to 12

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About The Man Who Planted Trees

This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.

The Man Who Planted Trees has toured to schools, village halls, theatres and festivals across the UK and Ireland as well as in Malaysia, Bermuda, the Netherlands, USA, Canada and Australia including performances off Broadway at the New Victory Theatre and repeat visits to the Sydney Opera House and New York’s Lincoln Center Institute.

Show quotes

“Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. Terrific.” The Guardian

"Puppet State Theatre’s adaptation of the French author Jean Giono’s 1953 story L’homme qui plantait des arbres is one of the most touching and effective pieces of children’s theatre I’ve seen for a long time. In fact, it’s the most completely satisfying piece of theatre playing in Sydney right now."  Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Experience

Laugh, sit on your bottom, quietly listen, smell the trees when encouraged, clap at the end.

Performance times

Thursday  May 23 11:00 - 12:05 English
Thursday May 23 12:45 - 1:50 English
Friday May 24 9:20 - 10:25 English
Friday May 24 11:10 - 12:15 English
Saturday May 25 2:40 - 3:45 English
Saturday May 25 4:40 - 5:45 English


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