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scale and building patterns, and adapting our techniques – using industrial fabrics from construction sites instead of paper, and broomsticks as paintbrushes.”
It was a long journey to bring the show to the stage, and took the collaborative work of Jonathan’s team and Eric’s team to ensure everything was perfect when compared to Eric’s illustrations.
“Eric has been so complimentary throughout the journey – he’s so witty and charming, said Jonathan.
Eric wasn’t able to see the show’s debut in Australia, but he did see the New York premiere with all his family and friends.
“Aside from the excited children sitting around the group, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
“Although everyone had been part of the journey, finally seeing Eric’s life work have a life of its own was moving for everyone. It was truly special.”
So do you have a favourite story in the show?
“It’s a story about an artist painting animals in unusual colours like a yellow cow, and a pink rabbit – and then he is surprised when his artisticar creations interactac with him and the audience”,au explained Jonathan.Jo
And do you have a favourite puppet in the show?
“It’s hard to pick a favourite – there are so many to like! Lions, polka-dotted donkeys… the caterpillar!
“Actually, my favourite puppet in the show is the lionfish from the story Mister Seahorse that is the second story we tell in this show.
“He has a bonkers expression on his face but fantastic long fins that are quite mesmerizing.”
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is a great first introduction to theatre for young children.
Eric Carle’s work has delighted young readers for generations. For so many children it is almost a right of passage to be introduced to reading from this book – and it is the perfect introduction to the theatre with 75 incredible puppets coming to life in front of their eyes!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show takes place at The Atkinson on Saturday February 18 and Sunday February 19 at various times.
You can book tickets online at www.theatkinson.co.uk or call 01704 533333.
Jonathan Rockefeller, writer, director and the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show which is based on t the popular c children’s book by E Eric Carle