Trinket, The Robot

A little Robot who longs to become "real" - but is he ready for what it means to be alive?

“It was good to see the Robot cry. Sometimes I cry too. It was good when the Robot got sad and then got happy again. It makes me feel like when I get sad, I can get happy again too.” – Charlie, 4 years old, Seymour, VIC.

The story is of an inventor, Dr Doovalacky, who, with the help of his assistant, a green caterpillar named Gizmo, sets out to build a robot with the ability to have feelings like a “real” human. The audience helps him to learn about the world, but quickly it becomes more complicated. Dr Doovalacky finds himself losing control of his own creation. Trinket learns that to become human is to not only feel wonder and joy, but also to feel other emotions like anger, fear and the sadness of saying goodbye to someone when you are not ready to. Having feelings is not easy and to be alive means making difficult choices. Trinket the Robot is an interactive solo puppet show, based on the tale of Pinocchio, which explores emotions and offers strategies to children to help understand different feelings.

Written by Jenny Ellis & Anne Brooksbank
Directed by Jacob Williams & Clare Batholomew
Music by Thomas "Soup" Campbell,
Puppets and set by Jenny Ellis, Jeremy Lavender, Lauren Redpath and Dayna Morrissey.

Recommended age: 4 -10 years old
Duration: 40 mins + Q&A

Trinket, the Robot from Jenny Ellis on Vimeo.

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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Jenny Ellis is currently being mentored by Richard Bradshaw through JUMP, the Australia Council's national mentoring program for young and emerging artists. In Victoria, JUMP is being delivered through Melbourne Fringe.