“It’s ok to say the words. It’s OK to talk about death.” Young children watch—and empathize—with the puppet characters Pickle and Relish as they try to understand how their beloved Uncle Gherkin’s death has impacted their lives and friendship. Children help Pickle and Relish learn ways to express their feelings, and discover coping tools for themselves, as well. The performance ends with a joyous magic show in memory of Uncle Gherkin that helps Pickle, Relish, and the audience honor the memory of those they’ve lost while celebrating life.
- 40 minute production: 20 minute play followed by a 20 minute magic show
- This production is recommended for grades k-4 (ages 5 to 10/11 years old)
- Recommended to be presented in conjunction with a grief counselor or therapist, or as part of a grief support group.
- Identify common reactions to death and unexpected loss
- Identify and practice grief coping mechanisms
- Highly suited as an accompaniment to grief support groups or in conjunction with grief therapists.
- Production contains dramatic themes but in a positive light, and intersperses humor throughout
- 40 minute performance
- Target audience: young children affected by death and loss
- Ideal audience size: intimate
- Puppet performance that is appealing to younger children.
- Stage requires a 20’ deep by 15’ wide space
- A minimum of 45 minutes for set-up before the show and 45 minutes for break-down after
- Proscenium-style seating is most appropriate. Quiet performance venue that allows audience privacy is highly appropriate (no gyms with other activities occurring at the same time as the performance!)