The Wishing Tree
19-29 June at The Owl and the Pussycat
Inspired by the Japanese cultural celebration, Tanabata, you’re invited to share your honest wish with our wishing tree. Tonight, the gods are wandering through the sacred forest, so if they find your wish hanging on the tree – it might come true.
Deep down, we all wish for something just beyond our grasp; secret desires, ambitious dreams, and heartfelt longings. This June, that universal feeling is brought to the stage in The Wishing Tree – your ticket to seeing the story of your wish unfold. After successful seasons in Germany, New Zealand, Slovenia, Belgium, Sweden, and the US, The Wishing Tree is finally coming home for its debut Melbourne season at The Owl and The Pussycat.
Creator, Rama Nicholas, was inspired at the Osaka Twilight Festival, where she became intrigued by the myths and stories behind wishing. “There were many different emotional reactions to the ritual of writing a wish, then hanging it on the tree,” says Nicholas. “The wishes that struck me were the extremely truthful ones. I wanted to know the stories behind those most of all.” Rama’s exploration has resulted in a unique theatrical experience, where you might just find your own wish unfolding onstage.
Each night before the show, audience members are invited to write a wish and hang it on the wishing tree. As the show begins, each actor chooses a wish from the tree. Throughout the show, each of these wishes becomes a story that’s explored onstage.
“Because the show is based around the wishes that audiences give us, each show is different” Rama says. “We get some light-hearted wishes in there too, so there is always a combination of drama and comedy.”
Featuring a solid ensemble of Melbourne’s best spontaneous storytellers, The Wishing Tree promises to be a truly magical night of stories you’ll wake up thinking about the next morning.
Venue: The Owl and The Pussycat, 34 Swan St, Richmond
Dates: 7:30pm, 19 June- 29 June (Wed-Sat only)
Media Preview, Tue 18 June