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Magic City

Manual Cinema

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Australian Premiere / Exclusive to Adelaide

  • About

    Manual Cinema will be performing two works at Adelaide Festival 2017: Magic City and Lula Del Ray. For details on Lula Del Ray, click here.

    Manual Cinema creates real-time animated cinema using overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, in silhouette actors, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design and an onstage music ensemble. Their “movies” evoke the visual poetry of silent classics with the sophistication of Hitchcock and the contemporary gothic of Tim Burton. This collective of artists takes place on stage in full view, a hypnotising adjunct to their storytelling.

    Magic City tells the story of nine-year old Philomena, who lives a perfect life with her older sister Helen. When their companionship is threatened she builds a miniature city out of books and toys. One night, Philomena discovers that her city has come alive. As she steps through the city gates, her adventure begins.

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  • Credits

    Based on the novel by Edith Nesbit
    Conceived by Manual Cinema
    Devised by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller
    Screenplay and Storyboards by Drew Dir
    Art Direction and Puppets by Lizi Breit and Drew Dir
    Miniatures by Andrea Everman
    Cat Puppet by Sam Deustch and Julia Miller
    Music by Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter, with Maren Celest and Alex Babbitt
    Lyrics by Ben Kauffman
    Sound Design by Ben Kauffman and Kyle Vegter
    Costumes by Mieka van der Ploeg
    Masks by Julia Miller
    Lighting Design by Claire Chrzan
    Production Managed by Mike Usrey
    Puppetry Build Interns Nicole Nienow and Jacky Kelsey

    Philomena/ Puppeteer Sarah Fornace
    Lucas/ Puppeteer Jeffrey Paschal
    Helen/ Puppeteer Julia Miller
    Brandon/ Puppeteer Linsey Falls
    Narrator/ Sound/ Vocals Maren Celest
    Guitar/ Vocals / Percussion Ben Kauffman
    Guitar/ Keys/ Vocals Michael Hilger

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    Images (1-2) Chuck Osgood

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    Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy preview Manual Cinema


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“An air of do-it-yourself humility that makes its soaring enchantment all the more impressive”

The New York Times

“To describe Manual Cinema as just a shadow puppet show is to say Pixar makes cartoons”

Chicago Tribune

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