Fiddlesticks theatre is a movable puppet theatre based in Voss in Western Norway.
The theatre combines traditional marionette play with elements of shadow theatre, life music and reading to create performances full of charm and poetry.
"The Nightingale and the Rose" written by the Irish writer Oscar Wilde was first published in 1888 as part of the collection The Happy Prince and Other Tales. It is the touching story of a nightingale that is willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of human love.
This performance wishes to evoke the artistic spirit of the Victorian era and the Belle Époque of the United Kingdom. The story is read aloud, while the marionettes move to the voice of the reader and the captivating sound of a Hardanger fiddle.
The theatre was established by German-born Wiebke Lüders, who is working as Hardanger fiddle maker and repairer at the Ole Bull Academy in Voss in Norway. Since her childhood she has been fascinated by the art of puppeteering and has always dreamt of creating her own little puppet theatre. Many years she has been working as a marionette player as well as stage and puppet builder at the Marionette Theatre Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna, where she first came in contact with the traditional marionette playing technique.
Marionette from Nattergalen og Rosen