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The Man Who Planted Trees at the Unicorn Theatre

This eco folk tale for all ages is delightfully presented by Puppet State Theatre Company.

The Man Who Planted Trees at the Unicorn Theatre

The two performers Richard Medrington and Rick Conte create a gentle world of simple goodness.

Somewhere in deepest Provence, an old shepherd had the wisdom to plant acorns everyday, 100 in the morning and 100 in the afternoon. The desolate scrub, where only wild lavender grows, is transformed into a great forest, which rejuvenates the local ecosystem. A new population of birds and people brings renewed life, proving that the simplest ideas have the most profound effect.

This production quickly engages even the youngest in the audience, especially when the star of the show, the shepherd's dog, is on stage. As a performer with attitude he keeps everyone on their toes.

The French origin of the story is evoked by the lively pre-show French songs, the faded linen of the set and even a few words of French. It does not shy away from wartime battles. The emotions are touched and acknowledged very gently. All the senses are called into play, with the rain being especially enjoyed.

This is a delightful hour for families to share together.

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