ShowaShu-in for kids

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A child’s world of dis­cov­ery, imag­i­na­tion and won­der will be re­vealed when Cap­i­tal E Na­tional Theatre for Chil­dren brings its new show to town.

Cre­ated by Laura Gaudin, Rachel Cal­li­nan and Gina Moss for chil­dren at early child­hood cen­tres and up to year-3 pri­mary stu­dents, Shu’s Song not only pro­vides an in­tro­duc­tion to the world for young­sters, but also an in­tro­duc­tion to live theatre.

The 50-minute non-ver­bal vis­ual theatre ex­pe­ri­ence us­ing pup­petry, mu­sic, move­ment, sound and light fol­lows the jour­ney of Shu, an en­gag­ing char­ac­ter who is learn­ing how to adapt to an un­fa­mil­iar world. With each new en­counter, Shu’s cu­rios­ity evolves grad­u­ally into con­fi­dence.

‘‘It’s about Shu dis­cov­er­ing the se­cret life of ev­ery­day ob­jects in places such as a home of­fice – about ex­plor­ing our en­vi­ron­ments and build- ing re­la­tion­ships,’’ ex­plains Cap­i­tal E’s Pippa Drake­ford. ‘‘Shu’s imag­i­na­tion then brings these ob­jects to life.’’

Shu’s Song pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to ex­plore and dis­cover drama and sound, to un­der­stand how things can be achieved when work­ing to­gether as a group.

‘‘It tells a story we will all recog­nise – a path to un­der­stand­ing our com­plex world and the chal­lenges faced along the way.’’

Com­mu­ni­cat­ing emo­tion, pur­pose and re­sponse us­ing non-ver­bal sound, mu­sic, light and pup­petry, Shu’s Song takes on a uni­ver­sal as­pect. There are two shows in the Re­gent on Broad­way next Thurs­day, May 5, at 9.30am and 11am.


Shu’s Song, a new early child­hood show from Cap­i­tal E Na­tional Theatre for Chil­dren per­forms in the Re­gent on Broad­way next week.

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