• Radio theater

BUCHETTINO

Directed by Aline Kuppenheim

Chile

  • Spanish
  • 50 minutes
  • General Audience

Based on Charles Perrault’s classic, Tom Thumb, this Chilean version - premiered in 2010 - is back as a radio theater piece for you to listen to at home, in bed and with your eyes closed.


Narrated by María Izquierdo, this play - premiered in 2010 - lets listeners lie in bed and listen to the story with their eyes closed, in a special format adapted into an intimate broadcast for all the family. Buchettino invites us to tune in from home and let our imagination run wild to the story of Tom Thumb, a tiny child who is abandoned by his parents in a forest with his siblings. The little boy won’t give up though and keeps on fighting.

All you have to do to take part in this experience is find a quiet place, turn off your mobile phone, take off your shoes and lie down in bed. If you can, turn off the light and snuggle up with your children.

Cast and crew


Author: Charles Perrault | Original idea: Chiara Guidi | Narrated by: María Izquierdo | Produced and staged by: Aline Kuppenheim | Sound mixing: Gonzalo Pérez | Produced by: the Teatro a Mil Foundation.

© Elio Frugone

Aline Kuppenheim

Director

Expanding the limits of creation

With a long career in film, television and theater, this actress, theater director, illustrator and visual artist (Barcelona, 1969) has dedicated her life to theater for more than a decade. In 2005, she founded Teatro y su Doble (formerly Teatro Milagros), with whom she has created touching puppet plays aimed at both infant and adult audiences, using intricate puppets she and her team have made. She has also had starring roles in movies (Machuca, Una mujer fantástica) and important TV series, such as Ecos del desierto, Prófugos and Bala loca.

—It was devised by Chiara Guidi, who cofounded Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (renamed Socìetas) with Romeo and Claudia Castellucci and a shared vision emphasizing theater’s visual, sculptural and audio aspects. During the local version of the play in 2010, she said “It’s not educational; it’s a high-quality artistic play aimed at both adults and children”.

—It’s a new version of the classic by Charles Perrault, the French writer who brought back orality with Historias o cuentos del pasado (1697), which included fairy tales that are still relevant today, such as Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss-in-Boots, Cinderella and Tom Thumb.

—In the words of Aline Kuppenheim, “Reading and listening to a story are a great exercise for your brain at any age, and even more so for children bombarded by stimuli that don’t always appeal to their imagination. This experience is similar to reading, but is led or guided by a performer”.

Oral narration: Spanish writer Pablo Albo suggested a definition of this tradition in the preface of the statutes of the group of Iberian narrators AEDA. “Oral narration is understood as the artistic discipline that involves speaking out loud, using - either exclusively or predominantly - words. It involves direct and reciprocal contact with the listeners. The roots of oral narration are embedded in storytelling, and it currently exists alongside this, but in a dramatic context”. In the words of Pascuala Morote and María José Piquer, it’s “an art form that helps develop social skills and emotions and a way of communicating that’s as old as humankind itself”.

Radio theater: This is an art form created through words, sound effects and music that together tell a story that the listener can recreate in detail in their mind. Its golden age globally was in the twenties, thirties and forties, at the height of radio, with its popularity continuing until the seventies in Chile. Worldwide, the most well-known radio theater piece is perhaps The War of the Worlds, written in 1938 by North American actor and director Orson Welles, which tells of an alien invasion’s impact on the world. It was so realistic that it caused widespread panic among its thousands of listeners.

—Aline Kuppenheim talks with Santiago a Mil 2020 about the role of theater in Chile after the social uprising.

—Listen to this interview with Chiara Guidi, in which she talks about Buchettino.

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This radiotheater is not longer available.