HEAD IN THE CLOUDS אבא טרף נמר

Con la Cabeza en las Nubes

“The most beautiful was the Train Theater's 'Head in the Clouds' prepared by Patricia O'Donovan and Alan Whinston. Patricia was the solo player who brought to life the world of little Josette who looks for her father.....the execution was exquisite. O'Donovan knew how to to take Josette's problems to heart, how to live through all her discoveries and her joy, how to display Josette's ingenuity in the creation of her own world. She has an expressive face, and a sense of humor which helped her to convey the importance of all the little girls' problems. The audience was completely conquered." 


      -Henryk Jurkowski. Animations, Oct. 1990


Expert editor of the World Encyclopedia of the Contemporary Theatre (ITI,UNESCO). Editor in chief of the World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Art UNIMA, UNESCO, 1995-2000).Secretary general of UNIMA (1972-1980); president of UNIMA (1984-1992); president of honour of UNIMA  from 1992



Concept, Text, Direction and Performance: Patricia O'Donovan

Design: Patricia O'Donovan and Louise Blankvoort 

Music: Composed and played live by Alan Whinston ( 1989-1996). Composed by Yarden Erez and recorded (2001-2006)

Light design: Alain Baczynsky (1989-1996) and Keren Dembinsky (2001-2006) 

Revolving lamp and backdrop construction: Mario Keizman

First and Second Productions: Train Theater of Jerusalem 1989 and 2001



Inspiration for the show came from 4 little well known stories by Absurd Theater playwright Eugène Ionesco. Some say he wrote them for his daughter.

Back then in the late 80's in Israel the show was a pioneer in Israeli children's theater concerning its structure, the assemblage puppets made from everyday bedroom objects, and its rebellious tone which upset some teachers when showed to schoolchildren. But young audiences adored the show and it soon became a success, touring incessantly throughout Israel for years.


The show was intended for an audience aged 4-6. 



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