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Hug The Tree

As part of Reflections 2009,
Republic Polytechnic’s Community Arts Festival

Written & Directed by:
Benjamin Ho

Date:
17 – 20 November 2009

Venue:
The Republic Cultural Centre, Republic Polytechnic

Starring:
Rei Poh, Audrey Luo, Zachary Ho, Ling Poh Foong

Hug The Tree Poster

Synopsis

In India long, long ago, there lived a girl named Amrita. Every day, Amrita would run towards her favourite tree and throws her arms around it.

“Tree, you are tall and beautiful. How could we live without you?
You guard us, you feed us, you give us the breath of life.
Tree, if you are ever in trouble, I will protect you.”
But when the Maharajah, a powerful prince, orders for more wood for his fortress, can Amrita still keep her promise and find the courage to brave the woodcutters’ sharp axes?

Inspired by an old Indian folktale, Hug The Tree takes us on a journey with a group of villagers in The Chipko movement as they stood united in a non-violent protest to save trees from being felled in eco-sensitive regions.

Featuring specially crafted puppets in a dynamic display of sets and props, riddled with infectious delightful tunes, Hug The Tree promises to enchant, enthral and entertain from start to finish.

Performed in English

  • The king, the chef and the officials
  • The han gin go with paper trees behind them
  • Han Gin Go helping Amrita and the King
  • Amrita, the king, the wind and han gin gojpeg
  • Amrita and the king fighting the wind
  • The puppets - Amrita interacting with the king
  • Amrita and the wind
  • Amrita puppet with a woodcutter
  • Amrita protecting the tree agains the woodcutters
  • The woodcutters surrounding the paper trees
  • The woodcutters with paper trees behind them
  • The tree wood cutters
  • On stage interaction with students as trees and actors the woodcutters
  • The concubine begging the King
  • The King talking to Amrita
  • Three actors on stage as cook, soldier and concubine
  • The soldier and cook with the king's concubine
  • Actors on stage singing Hug the Tree Theme song
  • Old lady talking to Amrita and Han Gin Go watching
  • An old lady with Amrita puppet and Han Gin Go
  • Han Gin Go fighting against the wind
  • Han gin Go hand puppets with Amrita
  • Amrita and the han gin go hand puppets
  • Actress holding hand puppets

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