Wattle & Daub: The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak – SOLD OUT

Mon Nov 02
7:00 pm

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Alternative performance dates for The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak

Nov 3: 7pm

“The history of this monster is as curious as his habits disgusting…”

A monstrous chamber opera for puppets based on the true story of Tarrare the Freak, an 18th century French revolutionary spy with an insatiable appetite for live cats, amputated limbs and the occasional toddler. Tarrare’s grizzly story ends on the autopsy table – a defining moment in medical history.

Featuring over twenty puppets and a thrilling original score by internationally renowned pianist Tom Poster, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak tells the extraordinary true story of one man’s quest to be human in a world that sees him as a monster. Tarrare was a diagnosed polyphagist (someone with an excessive desire to eat) and from his beginnings as a sideshow freak in 18th century Paris to his service as a spy during the French Revolution, he lived a life that is as compelling as it is unbelievable. Wattle & Daub Figure Theatre combines highly skilled direct-manipulation puppetry with soaring, lyrical music performed live by a bass-baritone/falsetto, male soprano, a pianist and a violinist to tell Tarrare’s haunting story.

Macabre, witty and oddly beautiful, with a score whose influences include Sondheim, Britten and Bernstein, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak is a unique and affecting show from one of the country’s most distinctive and talented young puppetry companies.

“Richly layered… [Wattle & Daub Figure Theatre] have created magic through the careful concoction of puppetry and opera.”
Geraldine Harris, Exeunt Magazine

Shortlisted for Flourish New Opera Competition 2013



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