Show about imag­i­na­tion

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Grow­ing a flower, mak­ing a friend and wak­ing up your world is the ba­sis for a new chil­dren’s the­atre show about friend­ship, mu­sic, plant­ing and play­ful­ness com­ing to Horsham in Easter school hol­i­days.

That’s not a Daf­fodil will be at Horsham Town Hall on April 12 and in­clude 10.30am and 1.30pm shows.

That’s not a Daf­fodil, in­spired by El­iz­a­beth Honey’s award-win­ning pic­ture book, is about an imag­i­na­tive young boy and his el­derly Turk­ish neigh­bour. Tom is wary of Mr Yil­maz at first, but friend­ship, trust and play­ful­ness blos­som as they grow a daf­fodil to­gether and en­ter into each other’s lives.

Ros­alind Price, pro­ducer and for­mer chil­dren’s book pub­lisher said the show was funny and friendly and alive with mu­sic, pup­petry and an­i­ma­tion.

“It’s per­fect for lit­tle kids aged from three to six – they get to­tally in­volved – but it works for older kids, par­ents and grand­par­ents, too, be­cause it’s full of sur­prises,” she said.

“Every­one can join in. The themes are timely and uni­ver­sal: Growth and trans­for­ma­tion, the cy­cle of sea­sons, tun­ing into na­ture, con­nect­ing with peo­ple across age and cul­tural dif­fer­ence, and see­ing the re­la­tion­ships be­tween all things.”

Turk­ish-aus­tralian di­rec­tor Görkem Acaroglu leads an out­stand­ing team of Honey, com­poser­mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Sue John­son, per­form­ers Kayla Hamill, also a clown doc­tor in chil­dren’s hospi­tals, ex­pe­ri­enced Turk­ish ac­tor Ce­lal Perk, de­signer Kather­ine Branch and light­ing de­signer Shane Grant.

Horsham Town Hall mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor Cha­ree Smith said That’s not a Daf­fodil was part of the venue’s com­mit­ment to sup­port fam­i­lies to en­gage and con­nect through great the­atre ex­pe­ri­ences.

“We’re en­cour­ag­ing grand­par­ents and par­ents who are seek­ing hol­i­day in­spi­ra­tion to en­joy this de­light­ful show that dis­plays play­ful­ness no mat­ter what your age,” she said.

Tick­ets are $20 an adult, $15 con­ces­sion and $60 for a fam­ily and are avail­able on­line at hor­sham­town­ or by call­ing 5382 9555.

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