Fast, fun show a fam­ily af­fair

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Life -

cool. They have that youth­ful en­thu­si­asm that’s in­fec­tious.”

The 50-minute, fast-paced pro­duc­tion was cre­ated for ages three years and older and mixes pup­petry with black theatre, cir­cus, an­i­ma­tion and paper play.

“It sounds re­ally ba­sic but it’s about how a square, tri­an­gle and cir­cle get on with each other,” Richard­son said.

“The square is red, the tri­an­gle is yel­low and the cir­cle is blue. It looks at mood and per­son­al­ity and about how to make friends.

“But it’s also about learn­ing to play through ac­tiv­ity; paint­ing and draw­ing and the idea of blend­ing colour to mix and match, and re­mind­ing peo­ple you can turn a piece of paper into a whole uni­verse. I also wanted to cre­ate a show where kids could make a lot of noise, so it’s all non-ver­bal to mu­sic.”

Richard­son said her cen­tral aim had been to make a show re­flect­ing our need to be treated as in­di­vid­u­als.

“All three of my chil­dren are very dif­fer­ent and it amazes me when peo­ple make all sorts of gen­er­al­i­sa­tions,” she said.

“Par­tic­u­larly in times like ours, it’s so im­por­tant to un­der­stand em­pa­thy and ac­cep­tance about peo­ple who might be dif­fer­ent. Stereo­types are dam­ag­ing whichever way you look at them, but to try and make a show that would ap­peal to both boys and girls was the real aim, and I think we’ve done that.”

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