Co Theatre Physical bring you MONARCH, a show for primary schools about butterflies, scientists and the environment. The show mixes story-telling, vivid characters, comedy, physical theatre and scientific information.
Carlo the caterpillar has eaten so much and it is time for him to change into his chrysalis but he is afraid and thinks he has claustrophobia.
Nina the butterfly, her new wings have finally dried off in the sun, so she stretches and soars into the sky.
8 year old Lea hopes Nina won’t land on a swan plant covered in pesticide. Lea and her scientist Grandma note changes in butterfly behaviour and work on butterfly survival.
In legends from around the world butterflies often represent transformation. Lea’s Grandma tells her these legends from other countries about the significance of butterflies. They involve romance, loss, and inspiration.
Lea has to talk to her school about butterfly survival. Like a scientist she gathers evidence about butterflies to inform her school. She knows that looking after the environment will help butterflies. BUT scientists from the past interrupt Lea’s speech! Scientists who were not recognized want their voices to be heard, should Lea let them speak?
Butterfly survival, inter-generational partnerships, inspiration from the past, hope for the future.