Writing Sample 2 Press Release

This is an example of a press release I wrote for a reporting the arts class.

barbican presents a Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes production


Billy Twinkle

Requiem for a Golden Boy


Created and Preformed by Ronnie Burkett

Music by John Alcorn

Lighting Design by Kevin Humphrey

Commissioned by The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, Canada


“Burkett in not just a superb puppeteer, he is a fine writer and actor too. You entirely forget that his characters are made of wood and cloth.” –THE GUARDIAN on 10 Days of Earth, bite07


“The technical wizardry is fully in evidence: not only does Burkett himself take an active role as a character in the story (a move that is heresy to conventional puppetry), but several of his marionettes even manipulate puppets of their own.” FINANCIAL TIMES  ****


The Barbican presents Ronnie Burkett and his Theatre of Marionettes in Billy Twinkle: Requiem for a Golden Boy as part of its BITE series, 8 to 28 March 2009, 7.45 PM, 7.15 PM on 19 March


The Barbican is celebrating the addition of The Silk Street Theatre space with Billy Twinkle a show featuring Ronnie Burkett as a cruise ship puppeteer going through a midlife crisis.


Billy Twinkle, Ronnie Burkett, is a gay and middle-aged cruise ship performer known for his comedic marionette acts along with a burlesque stripper. Billy Twinkle is at the top of his game until he is fired for insulting an audience member. Standing at the edge of the ship, contemplating suicide, his late teacher, Sid Diamond appears in the form of a hand puppet to stop him. Sid forces Billy to re-enact his life via puppets to help Billy find the joy in puppets and bring back his passion for life.


Billy Twinkle is for anyone midway in life: mid-life crisis, mid-career, mid-love. The show sheds light on the wisdom of age, through a chance meeting of an old mentor and a golden boy.


Ronnie Burkett established the Theatre of Marionettes in 1986 to legitimize puppets on stage and in the adult theatre.  Burkett has won numerous awards in Canada as a playwright, performer, and designer for his work with the Theatre of Marionettes.


This show is co-commissioned by barbicanbite09, London, UK; Canada’s National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada; The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, Canada; The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia; and Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia.




Billy Twinkle runs 8 to 28 March 2009, 7.45 PM, 7.15 PM on 19 March at the Silk Street Theatre located at Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS (closest underground Barbican). For more information visit http://www.barbican.org.uk.


Tickets are £15 to £20 and available at the website or by telephone 0845 120 7511


Billy Twinkle is intended for mature audiences and children under the age of 14 will not be admitted.


The show runs 105 minutes without interval.

Gerald Prosser,
Mar 5, 2010, 10:12 AM