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In a cuddly lion costume, Mamoru simultaneously plays the roles of the eater – Lionel the Lion who dreams of being a vegetarian, and the eaten – Mamoru the human, who loves meat. Occasionally interrupted by haunting puppets representing the animals they have both consumed in the past, the predator and the prey develop a firm friendship… until Mamoru gets totally digested. Lionel’s sorrow over the loss of his best friend does not last too long though, his lunch emerges with a triumphant fart!

With a surrealist, humorous storyline and imaginative puppetry, Eaten invites audiences to think about food, how it’s produced, what they eat and why.

Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2017 (CATS): Nominated for best children’s show (5+)

“Add in Iriguchi’s straight-faced wit and his ability to combine childlike innocence and DIY sophistication, and what you get is an educational conceptualist entertainment for ages six and up that plays with the notion ‘you are what you eat.’” — The Times
 

The Nairn Puppet Animation Day - a collaboration with Puppet Animation Festival 2019.
Funded by Foundation Scotland

Shipwrecked on a deserted island rich with natural resources the man tries to escape, building a raft to sail away. A giant sea beast, a red turtle repeatedly foils his plans, beginning a relationship which will be central to both for the rest of their lives.

Produced by Studio Ghibli, this beautifully animated magical-realist fable, full of dynamic, visceral images and textures, was Oscar nominated and received Un Certain Regard Special Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

“A work of art which transcends boundaries of language, culture, geography and age. Is is simply magnificent.” The Guardian

The Nairn Puppet Animation Day - a collaboration with Puppet Animation Festival 2019.
Funded by Foundation Scotland

In a cuddly lion costume, Mamoru simultaneously plays the roles of the eater – Lionel the Lion who dreams of being a vegetarian, and the eaten – Mamoru the human, who loves meat. Occasionally interrupted by haunting puppets representing the animals they have both consumed in the past, the predator and the prey develop a firm friendship… until Mamoru gets totally digested. Lionel’s sorrow over the loss of his best friend does not last too long though, his lunch emerges with a triumphant fart!

With a surrealist, humorous storyline and imaginative puppetry, Eaten invites audiences to think about food, how it’s produced, what they eat and why.

Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2017 (CATS): Nominated for best children’s show (5+)

“Add in Iriguchi’s straight-faced wit and his ability to combine childlike innocence and DIY sophistication, and what you get is an educational conceptualist entertainment for ages six and up that plays with the notion ‘you are what you eat.’” — The Times
 

The Nairn Puppet Animation Day - a collaboration with Puppet Animation Festival 2019.
Funded by Foundation Scotland

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The Festival organising committee is in full on planning mode, as invitations go out to a carefully selected and exciting list of authors, poets, musicians and artists for the 2019 festival.

As ever, we'll be keeping the programme a closely guarded secret until 11 June, but watch this space for updates on pre-festival events, news about our Friends Scheme, and special offers!

If you want to get in touch with ideas or suggestions for this or future festivals, or if you'd like to help or sponsor us this year in any way, please email Elle Tyler, Festival Co-ordinator at info@nairnfestival.co.uk

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