Dance, music and text parallel Andersen’s tale of a broken toy with a child’s struggle for acceptance. Harrowing physicality, comedic precision and joyous play.
Composer Conor Linehan writes and performs virtuoso piano accompaniment to Hans Christian Andersen's fable of a one- legged tin soldier stricken with love. Kevin Coquelard (dancer) and Louis Lovett (actor) engage their flair for harrowing physicality, comedic precision and joyous play. Joined by exquisite vocalist Olesya Zdorovetska, our ensemble of four under the direction of Muireann Ahern explore the vagaries of our toy hero’s brief but blazing life in the nooks and crannies of a cruel, indifferent world.
Theatre Lovett adapts Andersen’s tale to parallel the life of this broken toy with a sick child’s struggle for acceptance. Unobserved by the world of others these two hearts, tin and flesh, pine for the embrace of another. Set in Copenhagen during Andersen’s own lifetime, this version also visits some of the writer’s own struggles. Poverty, unrequited love and a desire for acceptance. Andersen's stories don't shy away from the cruelty in humanity, giving the sacrifice, love and beauty in our heroes’ hearts even greater poignancy.
With thanks to Draíocht Arts Centre for venue support in development phase 2