Descendants of ancient Italian Polichinelle, Billy-Club puppets were revitalised by Federico Garcia Lorca and today they are as alive as the rest of the glove puppets dancing all around the world. And they are still children’s favourites: fast, straightforward, foul-mouthed…
Cachiporra Time! is a free current version of the classic play Juan y María en la calle de los Fantasmas, by Argentinean puppeteer Javier Villafañe. In the play, some children are visited by a ghost. Far from being scared, they seek the audience’s help to face the evil wrapped in sheets. Frenetic action, live music, lots of laughter and a few drops of romanticism shake rag hands in this funny play, which has been tested for many years by the street audience in Retiro Park, Madrid.
Le Guignol Orthopédique was born in 2009 and to date has been to hundreds of stages and squares in Europe and Latin America, offering shows for adults as well as for children. Having slogged away for a long time in street puppet shows, the company bets on shows which mix traditional techniques with more modern ones. The result is a theatre experience full of contrasts: traditional but contemporary, popular but inviting reflection, fun but thoughtfully devised.
Puppeteer: Andrea Waitzman
Musician: Iñaki Oscoz
Director: Le Guignol Orthopédique
Technique: Guignol show with live music
Duration: 40 minutes