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By Ben Anderson
presented by The People Who Play With Theatre

at Q Theatre, The Vault, Auckland
From 28 Feb 2013 to 9 Mar 2013

The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 4 Feb 2014 to 8 Feb 2014

Reviewed by:  Kathryn van BeekNik SmytheSharu Delilkan;


The People Who Play with Theatre present Just Above the Clouds, opening on the 28th of February at Q theatre, a charming and sometimes dark story of love and concrete and how the two don't mix. From the acclaimed writer of This Kitchen is Not Imaginary and The Suicidal Airplane Ben Anderson comes this bittersweet puppet show about a boy's quest to find out why he is unable to love.

Armed with a pickaxe and guided by the cryptic clouds that float past, Boy smashes his way through the hard crust of his concrete heart but with every new layer he must face past horrors and challenge lies that he holds close. Aided by Girl, who is not what she seems, Boy is drawn into an absurd spiral of bewilderment.

Fantastical and enigmatic, Just Above the Clouds uses table-top puppetry, glowing lantern-esque imagery and incorporates genuine innovation to create a Tim Burton-esque dreamlike sensibility.

‘Playwright Ben Anderson should be commended for his bravery in not feeling that he has to conform. He takes multitude of risks which includes incorporating amazing and seldom attempted constructed imagery woven into a strong, relevant story' - Theatrescenes (This Kitchen is Not Imaginary)

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28th February – 9th March
Duration: 50 minutes Venue: Q theatre Vault, 305 Queen Street, Auckland.
Tickets: $14 - $20
Bookings: / 09 309 9771  


‘Trancendental' - Theatrescenes

‘A delightful excursion into the world of fantasy.' - NZ Herald

Just Above the Clouds runs from
4th- 8th February
at The Basement Theatre.
All shows 8pm;
bookings: or 09 361 1000

Theatre, Puppetry

Boy - Seamus Ford
Girl - Jess Sayer
Cloud - Chye-Ling Huang
Chorus - Amanda Tito, Mark Mockridge, Cole Jenkins, Katrina Wesseling & Hayley Brown

LX design by Ruby Reihana-Wilson
Set design by Ben Anderson and Britney Pilling

Operator – Seth Giles
Production Manager - Amber Molloy