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Adventurous Puppet theatre and film

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A rambunctious tale newly resonant for a naughty society!


Two of the most unique and experimental production companies in Atlanta, The Object Group and Sky Creature Productions, announce the upcoming online release of their short film, Pinocchio – Part One, on December 27-31. 


In Carlo Collodi’s original storybook, Pinocchio's natural curiosity is presented as an obstacle to overcome in a journey to obeying society's rules. For many, the story of Pinocchio imparts lessons about knowing right from wrong, resisting temptation, and the price you pay if you give in to foolish desires. In our retelling, however, society is itself corrupt, and humanness a form of oppression. Through his struggle between wood and human flesh, Pinocchio tries on human nature, with its vagaries of greed, repression, ignorance, and the terror of living under the authority of corrupt adults. We have reimagined ‘Pinocchio’ as a blend of puppets and performers, with the intention that by revisiting this classic story now, essential themes of human nature and rebellion will reveal themselves anew. 


The two leaders of the collaborating organizations – Michael Haverty (The Object Group) and Marium Khalid (Sky Creature Productions) are co-writers, co-directers, and co-producers. The production begins this December with a 30 minute film of chapters 1-8 of the story. The production continues in 2023, with the remaining chapters produced as a live performance.

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Congratulations to Charity Irby, the very first participant in our Vital creative development program! 
Charity is an Atlanta-based director, actor, writer and producer.
Her current project is ‘Static’, a short film which includes animation.
‘It is a very personal piece about anxiety and how the things you experience as a
child manifest in your adulthood. It is also about how black parents have a huge
influence on the conversation about mental health in my community.’
Charity received $1000 and is taking online workshops with TOG
associate artists for the next few months.
‘I want to write, produce and direct film and theatre for people who have been overlooked for so long. Long term I want my own production company, one that allows dreaming queer black people to get the experience and education they need without being told to wait. That’s what I’m passionate about.’


An original, multimedia adaptation and critical investigation of Albert Camus’ classic novel ‘L’Etranger’, or ‘The Stranger’, told with a combination of Punch and Judy-style hand puppets and noir/new-wave inspired cinema animation. This brutally comedic tale set during the colonial occupation of Algeria by France creates a timeless conversation about cultural alienation, the brutal lack of empathy in white society, and the devastating effects of oppression on society and the soul.  

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