Travelling Medicine Show

Travelling Medicine Show

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28 minutes


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Travelling Medicine Show is a half-hour film based on the Creation story. Its poetic, ambiguous narrative is expressed wordlessly through vivid imagery. Set entirely on an isolated beach, it weaves together two enigmatic lines of action that converge: in one, an adolescent boy rows across the water to the beach to conduct a private ritual. In the second, a performance by Dr. Theo's Travelling Medicine Show, on the same beach, depicts the creation of the world, showcasing Dr. Theo's medicine.

The film uses theatrical techniques developed by Shadowland Theatre, including large scale props, masks and hand-made puppets in outdoor settings. Travelling Medicine Show provides a starting point to explore, in a deeply imaginative and experiential framework, themes of creation, environment, rites of passage, imagination and storytelling. The DVD includes a discussion guide and has a menu with additional materials including an interview with the director that can be used to provide further avenues of study and creative exploration.

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