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  • A reflection in water of actors around a table covered in a white tablecloth with audience members behind. Photo by Sophia Dagher.

tinkers is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Paul Harding. This new transcendentalist work features an intimate and dazzling relationship with the natural world, woven into a story of family karma.  Through an intergenerational story we meet a young boy and his search for his long-lost father Howard, the epileptic peddler with donkey and wagon, estranged from his family, and ever-ecstatic in his relationship with nature. tinkers asks us how we collect together all the pieces of a relationship that has come apart, and tinker, tinker to bring it together again.

With a growing set crafted by German environmental art star, Cornelia Konrads, an off-grid sound score and puppets made from found materials, tinkers looks at how people creating in nature exemplify the transcendent possibilities of Human Nature.



DATE: August 2016

VENUE: Crystal Creek, Sunshine Coast

WITH: Adapted from the novel by Paul Harding

Director/ Writer

Kendra Fanconi

Production Manager

Colin Cooper

Costume Designer

Flo Barrett

Props/ Pupper Designer

Kat Binns

Sound Designer

Viviane Houle

Installation Designer

Cornelia Konrads

Set/ Puppet Designer

Carl Schlichting


Heidi Taylor

Site Coordinator/ Additional Design

Cody Chancellor

Production Coordinator

Liam Kearns


Sophia Dagher

Design Assistant

Sarita Moodie

Assistant Sound Design

Nancy Tam


Trish Thompson

Volunteer Coordinator

Katie Anderson

Production Assistant

Julia Haslet

Megan/ Puppeteer

Stephanie Elgersma

George Sr.

David King


Nancy Tam


Paul Ternes


Bessie Wapp


Conor Wylie

Cullen/ Harry Miller

Kelly Backs

Dr. Box/ Freddy

Gord Austin

Levanseller/ Jimmy

Benjamin Goldenberg

Homesteader/ City Woman 1

Susan Rekers

Pickaxe/ City Woman #2

Jill Shatford

Child actor DARLA

Jeanette Muirhead

Child actor--MARJORIE

Asha Iui-Heneke

Child actor - GEORGIE

Gabriel Ryan

Child actor MARJOIRIE

Althea Hume

Child actor--DARLA

Kiana Hamlin

Child actor--JOE

Cael Read

Child actor--JOE

Max Backs

Child actor - Levensellar's/ Jimmy's Daughter

Johanna Goldenberg