HUM­BLE SPUD STEALS SHOW

Wanneroo Times - - Lifestyle - Shona Reppe with Potato. Tanya MacNaughton

IT may have been delir­ium from the lack of sleep that a mother of a six-month-old and three-yearold func­tions on, but Scot­tish per­former Shona Reppe knows how to cre­ate a highly imag­i­na­tive show.

The ev­i­dence is in her 2008 pro­duc­tion Potato Needs A Bath, which she will present at Awe­some In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val for Bright Young Things from Oc­to­ber 3 to 7.

“I came up with the ti­tle af­ter imag­in­ing a potato sit­ting in a bread tin be­ing scrubbed with a tooth­brush,” Reppe said from her home near Ed­in­burgh.

“I was im­mersed in that world of bath time, feed­ing, nap­pies; it made sense to make a show around these fa­mil­iar rou­tines and I’ve toured it all over the world.

“It's a tiny, gen­tle and fun play for three- to five-year-olds (and their par­ents) about a lady and her fruit and veg­etable friends.”

Potato Needs A Bath fol­lows the story of a bunch of fruit and vegeta­bles go­ing to a party where ev­ery­one is ready ex­cept Potato, who loves to play in the mud and needs a bath.

Reppe, who grew up in Aberdeen, said the play was all about the daily rou­tine chil­dren could un­der­stand and re­late to.

“They see them­selves in it and I hope­fully make them and their fam­i­lies laugh,” she said.

“I have al­ways loved the the­atre… I love mak­ing worlds and step­ping in to them to share with my au­di­ences. It’s a job I didn’t imagine, but now can’t imagine do­ing any­thing else.”

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