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LIFE Like Tour­ing cre­ative di­rec­tor Theresa Borg loves de­cid­ing what the Mel­bournebased chil­dren’s theatre com­pany will present next.

“It’s great but get­ting trick­ier as I get older be­cause my own kids are older now,” Borg said. “My youngest is 11, so I have to look to my nieces and neph­ews to see what the trends are and what chil­dren are en­joy­ing.

“It’s good fun keep­ing up with the lit­tle peo­ple.”

Borg started the com­pany with her hus­band An­ton Berezin in 1999.

It was the year af­ter they were mar­ried and the cou­ple, who were ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tors, wanted to be able to earn a liv­ing do­ing what they knew they could do well.

“So we started pro­duc­ing chil­dren’s theatre where I think the se­cret is giv­ing kids more than they ex­pect with singing, danc­ing and in­ter­ac­tion,” Borg said.

“We’re pretty lucky be­cause we get to do what we love and get to en­joy ev­ery­body else watch­ing it.”

Since those early days, the com­pany has worked on shows in­clud­ing The Wig­gles char­ac­ters Dorothy the Di­nosaur and Cap­tain Feather­sword, Se­same Street, Scooby-Doo! Live and Dora the Ex­plorer.

The lat­est ad­di­tion is Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash, which will be at His Majesty’s Theatre on Oc­to­ber 8 and 9.

Borg is the show’s res­i­dent di­rec­tor, hav­ing re­mounted the pro­duc­tion orig­i­nally pre­sented by UK theatre com­pany Lime­light Pro­duc­tions.

“The show is all very dra­matic, where there’s a leak in the school­house roof and Peppa and her friends de­cide to have a fair to raise money to re­pair the roof,” she said.

“One of the events at the school fair is a pud­dle jump­ing com­pe­ti­tion and, of course, Daddy Pig is a world cham­pion pud­dle jumper.

“It’s so witty and Bri­tish in that wit­ti­ness that ev­ery­body loves it, from our small­est fans to their gran­nies and grandads.”

Tanya MacNaughton

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