Rhubarb brings holiday fun for kids
Internationally renowned duo Mary Kippenberger and Peter Charlton-Jones, collectively known as Rhubarb, returned to the Tararua libraries during the school holidays with extra family now brought into their act — daughter Kate and her partner Danny Priestley.
They entertained at Eketa¯ huna and Pahiatua July 11 drawing huge crowds of children — the biggest Mary has experienced in Eketa¯ huna in 22 years of touring.
They returned to entertain Dannevirke and Woodville children on July 12, again drawing enthusiastic audiences.
Their mix of story-telling and puppetry invited constant children interaction, and the children showed real talent, Mary said. She has been touring for many years with Peter. This year’s tour takes in 25 venues starting in Gisborne and travelling south though Napier and the Tararua, finishing in the last week of the holidays.
Mary has a great capacity to fascinate the children with stories about solving problems like how the old possum managed to catch frogs for food in his old age and finding a princess a husband.
Danny showed his experience and talent drawn from being lead singer in a Sydney Irish band Riogh and many years in musical theatre.
His puppetry and singing backed by Kate on a bodhran drum, about items such as the Wooten Wood We¯ ta¯ and pronouncing Ma¯ ori names had the children involved, so much so the hour seemed to go in a flash.
Tararua Libraries Winter Warmers Programme continues through the schools again next term.
Danny Priestley operates Mamalia the puppet much to the amusement of the children at the Dannevirke Library.
The children have phrases which help put words to the song.
The choices in the challenge to find the princess a husband did not impress the princess.
Mary Kippenberger helps the children teach Aussie Danny the Ma¯ ori vowel sounds.