The Picton Little Theatre committee has voted to spend about $5000 to permanently move the puppet show Mr Monkey and the Magic Flying Carpet from Australia to the theatre before the summer tourist season.
Mr Anderson said the move was thanks to support from 36 Picton businesses and will see the theatre create a fresh tourist attraction in Picton.
He owns the puppet show and needs to create four puppeteer positions to work the show, which involves seven puppets and an 8 metre-long, 3m-high split stage with hand-painted scenery.
The set was designed by British theatre company Presto Puppet Theatre's artistic director Robin Lawrence and the art was painted by Australian artist David Brodie.
It took two years to write the play and design and build the equipment, which was completed in Wollongong about two years ago.
The show is about an African boy named David whose Australian friend, Carl, introduces him to Mr Monkey and they travel to Africa on his flying carpet to cure David's homesickness.
Mishaps involving a treacherous snake occur and they fly back to Australia so Carl can give David a proper tour where they meet an Aboriginal girl, Pippa, at Uluru (Ayers Rock).
- The Marlborough Express