“Gentle child of the forest, with eyes like polished amber”

ORANGUTAN is a story about curiosity and survival. Set in the native rainforest of Borneo, a solitary orangutan is taken on an extraordinary voyage into the unknown.

Created and performed by Alice Canton, the show weaves together the traditions of Balinese masked performance with the vivid images and experiences of her many adventures through Southeast Asia.

This captivating non-verbal show is performed in hand-made mask, accompanied by a rich theatrical score that rapidly unravels the story.


Creator and Perfomer: Alice Canton
Lighting and Set Design: Brad Gledhill
Sound Design: Thomas Press
Dramaturgy: Leon Wadham and Holly Chappell
Tour Lighting Design and Operator: Rachel Marlow


Winner of Equity New Zealand’s Best Show by an Emerging Artist (Auckland Theatre Awards, 2015)


Basement Theatre, Auckland
June 30- July 3, 2015

Basement Theatre Schools Programme, Auckland Tour
July – August, 2016

One obvious advantage to the captivating non-verbal format, and the simplicity of the production overall, is that this will play virtually anywhere in the world.  And indeed it ought to, since the clear unspoken message is one everyone should ‘hear’.  – Theatreview