Try cluck with comedy
ABSOLUTE mayhem and an explosion of culinary chaos is coming to Perth these school holidays with New Zealand’s Theatre Beating production, TheMagicChicken.
Part of the Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things, the 55minute show for ages five years up is a slapstick treat combining physical comedy, live music and puppetry.
Director Geoff Pinfield said the performance included two chefs in a kitchen cook-off, with food, bodies, chickens and knives flying across the stage.
“It’s inspired by the Buster Keaton/Charlie Chaplin era of amazing physical comedy silent movies and also Ren and Stimpy,” he said.
“We wanted to make a live action cartoon and see what we could do as performers to create something where cartoon logic was primary, where gravity and time doesn’t work in the same way and where rational thought doesn’t work in the same way.”
Pinfield said the result,
THE ESSENTIALS which premiered in Auckland in 2010, was a delight for both children and adults.
“A lot of children’s theatre is well targeted to a certain age range and we’ve decided to go the other way,” he said.
“We wanted to make a show that we would want to go along and see, and we would want to take our kids along to see.
“It’s important when you’re making children’s theatre that it’s not something that becomes a burden or chore for adults, that it’s just as exciting for them.”
Pinfield said the company produced adult and children’s theatre, and working between the two helped when creating the other.
“If you treat children as being a sophisticated and intelligent audience, then you’ll get a better show,” he said. “And conversely, if you treat an adult audience with the kind of playfulness, imagination and creativity of childhood, then you’re going to get a better show for adults too.”
Children’s production The Magic Chicken is bringing culinary chaos to the Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things.