Rose Kirkup

Shu’s Song


Performance Design

Shu discovers the secret life of everyday objects in a home office. Shu’s imagination brings these objects to life in this charming and inventive story about exploring our environments and building relationships.

Sound and music are key elements of the show, using tone, volume, and composition to demonstrate emotion, communication and purpose. In fact, sound, movement, puppetry and light replace speech, creating a non-verbal visual theatre experience that provides each audience member with the opportunity to connect and understand the story through their individual perspective.

Shu’s Song reflects a young person’s world of discovery and imagination. It tells a story we will all recognise – a path to understanding our complex world and the challenges faced along the way.

Original Concept Laura Gaudin
Written by Laura Gaudin, Rachel Callinan & Gina Moss

Director Gina Moss / Composition Jason Wright / Designer of Set and Costumes Rose Kirkup / Designer and Maker of Animated Object Steffen Kreft / Lighting Designer Marcus McShane / Shu performed by Laura Gaudin / Playwright Rachel Callinan / Puppeteers Jon Coddington and Rachel Baker / Creative Consultant Nick Blake / Creative Producer Marianne Taylor / Production Manager Sonia Hardie / Tour Manager AmyLouise Mill / Stage Manager Ruth Love / Technical Operator Kelly Kiwha / Set Construction Royal New Zealand Ballet / Costume Construction Anne de Geus / Design Assist Nic Lane