10 Days On Earth

10 Days On Earth

by Ronnie Burkett

October 19– November 26

Ronnie Burkett is one of the geniuses of the world... seeing his troupe every few years has just become a necessity of civilized theatregoing. - The Village Voice (New York, NY)
10 Days On Earth

Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett
Previews October 17 and 18 • Opens October 19 • Runs through November 26

Darrel, a mentally challenged adult, doesn’t realize his mother has died in her sleep. For ten days straight he unknowingly lives alone, continuing his simple daily routine and daydreaming about his favorite storybook characters, Honeydog and Little Burp.

Created and performed by international marionette master, Ronnie Burkett, 10 Days On Earth is a funny, honest and truly beautiful portrayal of a mother’s love for her son, the entire time asking If you were alone and didn’t know it, would you feel lonely?

10 Days on Earth is a theatrical piece intended and created solely for a mature audience. Children under 14 will not be admitted.

Music and Sound Designer: Cathy Nosaty
Lighting Designer: Bill Williams

Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann

READ: History of Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes


October 19– November 26

Previews February 17
Opening October 19




Ronnie Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, when he opened the World Book Encyclopedia to “Puppets”. He began touring his puppet shows at the age of fourteen and has been on the road ever since.

Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes premiered in 1986 with Fool’s Edge, which played the Edmonton Fringe Festival that summer. Ronnie began his long association with Theatre Network in 1990, when Awful Manors premiered on the Roxy stage. For his work with Theatre of Marionettes, Ronnie has received numerous awards in the Canadian theatre as a playwright, actor and designer (including eight Sterling Awards from the Edmonton theatre community), and international recognition including a Village Voice OBIE Award in New York for Off-Broadway Theatre. 10 Days on Earth is the tenth production from Theatre of Marionettes, and follows the now-retired international success Provenance and the “Memory Dress Trilogy” of Tinka’s New Dress, Street of Blood and Happy, all of which played here at The Roxy.

Throughout 2006-07, Ronnie will be performing 10 Days on Earth in Vancouver, Auckland, Sydney, London, Manchester, Vienna, Montreal and other cities around the world. When not jiggling puppets in front of strangers, Ronnie lives in expensive, noisy Toronto, and is presently working on two new productions – Billy Twinkle, Requiem for a Golden Boy and Penny Plain. Ronnie really really really thanks you for turning off your cell phone.



Cathy Nosaty has created scores for numerous theatre productions across Canada. In the past dozen years she has written music for the Theatre of Marionettes productions of Tinka’s New Dress, Old Friends, Street of Blood, Happy and Provenance.



Bill Williams is a well-known Canadian designer, specializing in the fields of stage and architectural lighting design. With more than 500 project credits, his work has taken him across Canada and the U.S.A. and to Europe, Asia, South America and the U.K. He is delighted to be working with Ronnie and going on another incredible adventure. His previous Ronnie Burkett designs include Old Friends, Street of Blood, Happy and Provenance. When not designing lighting, Bill is also active as a teacher, photographer, webmaster and theatre consultant.



Maria has stage managed many theatre productions across Canada over the last twenty years. She has recently moved into writing and directing for the theatre. Maria has also worked in film and television and has produced award winning short films that have screened worldwide. She currently has film and theatre projects that are in development. Maria is very pleased to be a new company member of Theatre of Marionettes.