Plenty for kids at Nel­son Arts Fes­ti­val

The Leader (Nelson) - - CONVERSATIONS - SARA MEIJ

From a World War One play to con­tem­po­rary clown­ing, the Nel­son Arts Fes­ti­val this year has a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily.

‘‘An Aw­fully Big Ad­ven­ture’’ is a play about two young men dur­ing World War One.

One of the men is a keen en­lis­ter, the other a con­sci­en­tious ob­jec­tor.

As suit­cases trans­form to trenches and coats be­come a map of Europe, their sto­ries col­lide on Flan­ders field.

Through en­er­getic songs this en­sem­ble shares un­for­get­table sto­ries.

It’s on at the The­atre Royal on Oc­to­ber 17 at 6pm. Rec­om­mended for chil­dren aged seven and up.

The sun is won­der­ing what it would be like to stay up all night, in the Aus­tralian play ‘‘Sunny Ray and the Mag­nif­i­cent Moon’’.

Sunny Ray loves her life but she has al­ways se­cretly wanted to know what hap­pened when she goes to bed.

Her best friend in the sky, Mag­nif­i­cent Moon, stays up ev­ery night un­til very late.

One night Sunny Ray breaks all the rules and in­stead of go­ing to sleep, stays up very, very late to party with the Mag­nif­i­cent Moon.

On at the Suter The­atre on Oc­to­ber 11 at 1pm and Oc­to­ber 12 at 10.30am. Rec­om­mended for chil­dren aged 4 and up.

A taste of Switzer­land is com­ing to Nel­son with the per­for­mance ‘‘Pss Pss’’, blend­ing con­tem­po­rary clown­ing with the­atre and cir­cus.

In­spired by the era of silent films, two char­ac­ters take to the empty stage in a time­less per­for­mance of en­thralling phys­i­cal­ity and ex­quis­ite hu­mour.

They play out their unique pas de deux through the uni­ver­sal lan­guage of ges­ture and look, with­out a sin­gle word be­ing spo­ken.

On at the The­atre Royal at 7pm on Oc­to­ber 21 and 22. Rec­om­mended for chil­dren aged 9 and up.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.nel­sonarts­fes­ti­val.co.nz/ shows.

Sunny Ray and the Mag­nif­i­cent Moon at the Nel­son Arts Fes­ti­val.

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