The Man Who Planted Trees

Theatre (puppetry, storytelling)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Audio Described
    Signed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months

Description

This multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono's classic environmental tale by Puppet State Theatre Company has been touring internationally for the past twelve years, with repeat appearances at the Sydney Opera House and off-Broadway. A unique blend of comedy, puppetry and inspiring storytelling. 'Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown ups. Terrific' (Guardian). 'It is very, very rare to find something that appeals as effortlessly to adults and children as this magical show' ***** (Scotsman). ‘Cannot be recommended too highly’ (BritishTheatreGuide.info).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Audio Described
    Signed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: There is level access from the john Knox building, If entering using the main entrance there are 9 steps. Once inside a lift that can take customers down to the -2 floor which is the bottom of the raked seating. If not it is 16 steps to the top of the raked seating then 15 steps to the front row.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info


Signed performances

  • Dates: 18 August
  • Interpreter: Paul Belmonte - Stage Left
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

Watch the BSL video


Audio described performances

  • Dates: 22 August
  • Type: Unit with headset
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.
  • More about this show: Listen to audio flyer

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 18 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Permission to move around and make noise

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

W Mason 35 days ago

This is a beautiful show. Buckets of charm and a joy to watch. Both gents give fantastic performances and the dog had the children and the adults giggling away. It deserves a full house every day. A complete delight.

Adrian and Family 36 days ago

Cute, engaging, reflective and humorous. A delightful show for all ages. Innovative. A gentle story that makes one think about life rather than climate change. Go and see this show for a really quintessential piece of puppetry theatre.

Michelle Dwyer 36 days ago

Charming, fun and an important message for people of all ages. Probably the most well balanced show I saw at the fringe this year.

Jonathan Rathbone 37 days ago

Simply the most delightful show. It tells a beautiful, true (and important) story. But it does it with such wit and charm. This is a show for all ages. If you see nothing else - see this! I can't recommend it highly enough. One minute it is laugh-out-loud funny and the next moment it will make you cry. And it has a message for us all. You will not regret going to see this!

Leila Kraushaar 37 days ago

Quite simply this piece is sublime. Its accessible, emotionally engaging and beautifully told. The puppetry is masterful and the story is both beautiful and meaningful.

Go and see it. Take your children and your parents and your friends.


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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 25 days ago

After thirteen years and with over 1,700 performances under their belts, you would think that Puppet State Theatre – the company behind The Man Who Planted Trees – would pack up their acorns and have a bit of a rest. It's a pleasure to say that the company are still performing this...

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Primary Times (5/5 stars) 27 days ago

The Man Who Planted Trees is a wonderfully warm and thought-provoking show. The two performers combine storytelling, acting and puppetry to create a delightful tale [...] Though the story is set at the start of the twentieth century, it is very relevant today, and is told in a sweet and poetic style that is just delightful.

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Sardines Magazine (5/5 stars) 34 days ago

Not just an expert puppet performance then, or skilled storytelling: this is an example of the power of theatre at its best. The show tours regularly in the UK and internationally; I hope to see it again.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 37 days ago

It's hardly a surprise to say that Puppet State Theatre's The Man Who Planted Trees is everything it's cracked up to be. It was 13 years ago it first graced the stages of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and not only hasn't lost any of its vigour, but it seems as...

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