Glasgow-based Singaporean Ramesh Meyyappan is an award-winning theatre maker who uses a mix of visual and physical theatre techniques – including circus, bouffon and more recently puppetry – to create bold, narrative-driven visual performance. Addressing universal themes in highly accessible ways, his solo shows and collaborations have toured nationally and internationally to much critical acclaim. Alongside his core activities, he is currently part of the Programme Design Team for the new BA Degree for Deaf at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Exemplifying Meyyappan’s visually poetic performance style, Butterfly tells the tale of a female kite-maker, whose life has been shattered following the departure of her lover. Alone and grief-stricken, Butterfly conjures up an idyllic new world in her imagination to counteract her trauma and despair; but as she immerses herself further into this fantasy land, her beauty begins to fade and her tale takes a further, tragic turn. A striking, wordless adaptation of Madame Butterfly, the production draws on the classic themes of love, loss and hopelessness of John Luther Long’s original short story to create a unique contemporary experience.
In the press
"…an exquisite 60-minute piece of wordless theatre… beautiful, tragic, and true" ★★★★ Scotsman
"it sings to you like a dark lullaby, pulling at your heart strings as if we too were puppets in its black, twisted world... a triumphant piece of theatre" ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
WriterRamesh Meyyappan, David Paul Jones (composer)
DesignerNeil Warmington (Set and Costume), Kate Bonney (lighting), Gavin Glover (puppet director and maker)
Number of people on stage3
Number of people in touring company6
More information on request
Touring AvailabilityFrom spring 2016
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space5m x 5m
Text-basedLight (very little or no text)
VenueGreenside: Forest Theatre
Production dates3–29 AUGUST (not 9, 16 and 23 AUGUST)
Production times2045 – 2145
Duration60 MINS (no interval)
327 Kilmarnock Road
Glasgow G43 2DS
Contact for touring
+44 (0)7967 758906
Ramesh Meyyappan can lead workshops on visual theatre.