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The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak
By Wattle & Daub

Friday 10 March 2017, 7:30pm
Michael Tippett Centre, Newton Park Campus
Full Price £12 | Conc £10 | BSU Students £6       
About the Show
"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, snakes, and the occasional amputated limb. Tarrare’s grisly story ends on the autopsy table – a defining moment in medical history.

Featuring over twenty puppets, a male soprano, virtuosic musicians and a thrilling original score by internationally renowned pianist and composer 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.
Macabre, witty and oddly beautiful, 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.

Supported by Arts Council England, The Wellcome Trust, Bath Spa University, Puppet Place and Theatre Bristol. Originally supported by Tobacco Factory Theatres Strike A Light, Weston College and Bristol Ferment. Short-listed for the 2013 Flourish new opera competition.

Running time:
approx 90 mins plus interval
Age recommendation: 12+

"Tarrare was highly ambitious, and beautifully realised." Tobacco Factory Theatres

“.. Wattle and Daub refuse to take the easy route and produce something quite unique, uncomfortably beautiful and emotionally charged.”
Bristol Festival of Puppetry

"Tarrare is a witty, eccentric and beautifully realised production, that will haunt you from the start to finish”
★★★★ Female Arts

“[Wattle & Daub] have created magic through the careful concoction of puppetry and opera. The gruesome becomes fascinating, the disgusting becomes acceptable, the foul is humorous and the desperate is mesmerising, almost enchanting.”

★★★★ Exeunt


Creative team credits:
A Chamber Opera by Tom & Tobi Poster
Puppet Design by Wattle & Daub
Directed by Sita Calvert-Ennals
Production Design by Rebecca Wood
Lighting Design by Mark Parry
Written in collaboration with Hattie Naylor

Running Time 1hr 40mins (inc. interval)
Age Recommendation 12+

There will be a post-show Q&A led by Laura Purcell-Gates and Sita Calvert-Ennals

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