Perô or the Mysteries of the Night

Thursday and Friday, May 19 & 20, at 7 p.m.,
and Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Perô, or the Mysteries of the Night
is coming to delight the children and families of Greater Philadelphia for
just 4 performances in May!

May 19 – 21, 2011
featuring Speeltheater Holland, acclaimed troupe from the Netherlands

For 4 performances at the Painted Bride, this lively and charming
family-friendly show from Holland features music, puppets, humor and
romance. Bashful baker Perô has a secret love for laundress Colombina, but
she is captivated by colorful house painter Palentino. Will Perô tell
Colombina of his love? Will the village run out of bread because Perô is too
sad to bake?

Young children will enjoy the puppet story; older audiences will delight in
the wit and humor. This charming musical play sings a story of love while
contrasting night and day, and bashful and bold. Perô or the Mysteries of
the Night is performed in English and features actor/singers, puppets, live
music, and is recommended for all ages, especially six years and older.

Perô, or the mysteries of the night is based on Pierrot ou les secrets de la
nuit, a children’s book written by the French author/philosopher Michel
Tournier (Editions Gallimard). The stage adaptation is by Guus Ponsioen, and
English language translation is by Rina Vergano.

Speeltheater Holland is a theatre company which produces theatre
performances of artistic quality and unique style that are mainly intended
for children. Their productions include live music, puppets, and a strong
visual sense. In 2007 Speeltheater Holland was honored for their long and
outstanding contribution to children’s theatre in the Netherlands. The
troupe has received several other prizes and nominations for their
productions, including three awards for Perô or the mysteries of the night,
including one in Croatia. Speeltheater Holland has performed around the
globe, particularly in the United States as well as Austria, the United
Kingdom, Belgium, Croatia, Bonaire, Germany and South Africa. For more

Watch a glimpse of Perô on YouTube – from the London performances at the
Unicorn Theatre HERE

Inez de Bruijn and Tim Velraeds (photo by Dirk Buwalda)

Rave Reviews from around the World!

“Perô is brilliant” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“Whether you are an adult or child, Perô… delivers a fast paced mix of
music and puppetry with bags of talent, humour and affection.” – London SE1

“Perô is a beautifully crafted European treat that everyone will love!” –
The Teen Tix Blog, Seattle

“A play straight from Paradise” – Nurnberger Nachrichten (Germany)

“Children and adults alike should enjoy this delightful production” –
Seattle Weekly

“Swept along on rollicking visual gags and clever comic songs, doughy Perô
rises from zero to hero in this Dutch theatre company’s priceless [London]
debut.” – TIME OUT (London)

“As if the Gods from Olympus are staging a celestial show” – NRC Handelsblad

“Puppet show is too small a phrase for this utterly enchanting children’s
play from Holland… it’s beguiling, beautifully performed and designed,
with wonderful music and is suitable – I’d like to say compulsory – for
anyone over six years old. … Perô is a perfect work of art on every level
and the most delightful sixty minutes in town.” – What’s On Stage, London

Want to help us get the word out about this event? Download one of our
printable fliers HERE. Great for emailing to friends or posting on community bulletin boards!

Read the Press Release HERE

Visit the Perô event page on Facebook

For more information
– about Perô,
– about the 10 a.m. school shows on May 17-20, or
– about group ticket discounts,
call 484-461-9300 or email

The 2011 performances of Perô, or the Mysteries of the Night in the United
States are organized by IPAY–International Performing Arts for Youth, (based
in Philadelphia), with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the
Performing Arts Fund NL, and Theater Institut Nederland.