‘Bad Day’ child’s play

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Zookeeper Sam’s Bad Day by Amy Atkins. Di­rected by Amy Atkins & Del Costello Tall Pop­pies Youth The­atre Com­pany Globe 2. July 18- 22. Re­viewed by RichardMays.

‘‘Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my?’’

Well, there is a lion who gets bounced from a poetry com­pe­ti­tion, but this play is re­ally about kiwi and kea and kakapo. There’s also a tu­atara, a fruit bat, a pen­guin and a dog, and they all live hap­pily enough to­gether at Aotearoa Zoo.

And it’s quite an in­clu­sive lit­tle com­mu­nity with its an­thro­po­mor­phic char­ac­ters or­gan­is­ing poetry com­pe­ti­tions and quizzes.

But what hap­pens when be­cause of cir­cum­stances, some of the an­i­mals can’t join in?

It means the ami­able Zookeeper Sam has prob­lems to solve.

The play is a promis­ing first ef­fort by Amy Adams, a for­mer mem­ber of Tall Pop­pies. Well suited to the abil­i­ties of the ju­nior cast, who put plenty of ef­fort and en­joy­ment into their mul­ti­ple roles for younger au­di­ences,

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