Poste Restante

They Gotta Be Secret Agents at the Prague Fringe 2010 Staff

Written by Staff Published on 12.05.2010 00:14:05 (updated on 12.05.2010) Reading time: 4 minutes

They Gotta Be Secret Agents perform the European Debut of Poste Restante at Fringe Festival Praha

They Gotta Be Secret Agents will present Poste Restante, a daring mix of acrobatics, puppetry, and film at Divadlo Inspirace, 28 May – 5 June, show times 20:30-21:30. Don’t miss the show that won BEST OF THE FRINGE & BEST PHYSICAL COMEDY at San Francisco Fringe Festival. Audiences rave about the show: Poste Restante is “both visually stunning and emotionally moving,” “whimsical and profound at the same time.”

The Show:
A madly inventive mix of acrobatics, paper, laughter, dance, flight, puppetry, longing, and film…all stuffed neatly into a box.

What will The Secret Agents do with an anonymous package, cardboard box bikinis, a few handwritten letters, a bicycle with wings, and one mysterious vinyl record? Could it possibly involve inanimate object domination, acrobatic knots, full-throttle origami and a cocoa pop?

They Gotta Be Secret Agents (aka Bonnie Duncan & Tim Gallagher) perform a brilliantly imaginative form of physical theater, effortlessly moving back and forth between acrobatics, puppetry and dance. Their poetically beautiful, absurdly logical show is by turns funny, dazzling, and, in the end, surprisingly poignant.

Segments include Return to Sender: Tim attempts to stuff Bonnie in a box and mail her. Air Mail: A stop-motion animation tracks the delivery of a love letter via origami postal bird. The Last Mile: Bonnie and Tim struggle with distance and awkwardness as they dance impossibly close. By Lamplight: A sentimental table lamp prods Bonnie into responding to a love letter.

Who are the Secret Agents?
Bonnie and Tim´s partner acrobatics were featured for six years with the nationally and internationally touring Snappy Dance Theater, a Boston-based dance company, where their movement was called “breathtakingly simple” by the Boston Globe. They formed They Gotta Be Secret Agents in 2007 and were Resident Artists of Perishable Theater, Providence, RI from 2007-2009. Their new work has been seen throughout New England at HONK!, the Central Square Post Office, Jerkus Circus, Perishable Theater, Stony Brook T stop, Blood from a Turnip, Boston Puppet Slam, and Art Beat. In 2009, they ventured to the west coast and performed to sold out houses at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. They will be performing at the Fringe Festival Praha and at Projekttheater in Dresden, Germany, 10-12 June. In July, they will be returning to the US with possible performances in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Austin.

Why Postal Service?
Poste Restante was inspired by the inner workings of the Dead Letter Office: the US Postal Service´s detective branch charged with solving the cases of undeliverable mail since 1825. This got Tim and Bonnie thinking about letter writing as a dying art form, so susceptible to the mysterious time lapse between sending and receiving that e-mail doesn´t travel through. When Tim moved to Philadelphia from Boston in 2008, their letter writing theme became more than a muse. It became an integral part of their creative process. Tim and Bonnie love sending and receiving letters. They love the looks, the smells, and the content. Where are the stamps, postmarks, and evidence of travel in e-mails? Why not drop a postcard to a friend? You know you love receiving a letter instead of a bill in the mail, right?

Poste Restante brings communication down from a high-tech, instant, “now,now, now” process to a more tangible, visceral level where letters and boxes travel through real space and time, and survive countless potential mishaps along the way.


Bonnie Duncan and Tim Gallagher use puppetry, film and partner acrobatics to explore the magic surrounding hand written letters, challenge what can actually be mailed, animate sent letters, and generally bring to life a form of communication that is slowly fading.

To create Poste Restante, the Secret Agents were Resident Artists at the Perishable Theater in Providence, RI from 2007-2009 and were awarded funding from the Jim Henson Foundation, the Cambridge Arts Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, LEF Foundation, and Puppeteers of America. They were also nominated for a Gold Star Award by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Fringe Festival Praha presents They Gotta Be Secret Agents

Poste Restante
A madly inventive mix of acrobatics, paper, laughter, dance, flight, puppetry, longing, and film…all stuffed neatly into a box.

Divadlo Inspirace
Malostranské náměstí 13
Malá Strana, Praha 1

28 May to 5 June 2010
Daily hour-long shows at 20:30

Suitable for all ages

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and music from around the globe bursts to life on May 28th for 9 days.

The Prague Fringe Festival, now in its 9th year attracts a growing
band of visitors from overseas as well as being increasingly popular
with Czech audiences. The event creates a great international atmosphere
where those on holiday can mix with locals and enjoy an eclectic mix of
high quality and reasonably priced non-elitist theatrical

This exciting event offers 40 different shows with over 200
performances and is a mini and more manageable version of the mighty
world famous Edinburgh Fringe. Its cheaper too with tickets priced at
around a third cheaper than the Edinburgh shows.

All productions are in English, Czech or are non-verbal and are
programmed so that you can see up to 5 shows a day or dip in and out as
you please. Shows take place from the afternoon to late evening, most
last for an hour or so with time between to zip from venue to venue and
grab a bite to eat, or even pop back to your hotel for a freshen-up.

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