Theatre f or the y oung at heart
PETER Court, from Creative Madness in Durban, has cr eated a hos t of children’s theatre to delight lit tle ones of all ages at this year’s The Witness Hilton Arts Festival.
There are three categories of theatre on offer today and tomorrow: Once Upon A Time f or r eally lit tle people and Tales of T error for those 11 t o 15 years old, and ag especific workshops. ESTELLE SINKINS headed to the Topsy Turvy t ent t o find out mor e. ‘KALEIDOSCOPE’ Aimed at childr en bet ween seven and 10 years, Kaleidoscope is a s torytelling extravaganza where those watching get to join in the t elling of a ne w tale.
“This tale can only be told here and now … yesterday it didn’t exist … and tomorrow it will be gone forever … your imagination is the s tar of the pr oduction,” sa ys Court.
See it at 10.30 today and 10.30 am and 4 .30 pm
am t omorrow. Tickets ar e R6 0. ‘RUMPLESTILTSKIN’ Beautiful puppets created by Court help bring this ageold fairytale to life. In this version, the king is gr eedy, the queen is evil, the prince is in love and the miller is drunk!
And the poor miller’ s daughter has to deal with them all, fir st to save her life and then the lif e of her child.
Rumplestiltskin can be seen at noon today and t omorrow. Tickets are R60. Perfect whether y ou’re se ven or 9 7. ‘THE GOLDEN GOOSE’ Another fairytale comes to life through the magic of theatr e.
Dummling’s br others ar e mean t o him, and so ar e his mum and his dad. But the strength of his good heart and his generosity of spirit bring him luck and wealth beyond his wildest imaginings.
The show is aimed at those three to six years old. See it at 3 pm t oday and 9 am t omorrow. Tick ets ar e R6 0. ‘THE GREA T BIG ENORMOUS TURNIP’ Another tale for three to sixyearolds, The Gr eat Big Enormous T urnip t ells the story of the little old man (Old geezer) and the lit tle old w oman (Fat rat bag) who argue constantly every day of their married lif e, until one v ery hot summer when the old man decide s to enter the local agricultur al sho w. For years, his neighbours had won the best vegetables, and this made the old man jealous. They began to formulate a plan to grow the largest turnip and show the neighbour who was the better gardener.
The show is at 1.30 pm today and tomorrow. Tick ets ar e R6 0. ‘ALONE’ Aimed at childr en bet ween 11 and 15 years, Alone is a ghost story with puppets. Says Court: “Darren is alone in the Graveyard o n Halloween, and w aiting for his be st mat e J ames. T hey pla y among the tombstones while the other children in the neighbourhood go trick or treating, but this year, Darren’s in for a fright!”
The show is at 10.30 am and 4.30 pm today, and 10.30 am tomorrow. Tickets are R6 0. ‘BLUE BO Y’ Another one for the older children (1115), Blue Boy tells the s tory of Sammy and the patch in his garden where nothing w ants t o gr ow, not e ven nas turtiums, which ar e pr actically a w eed.
Sammy’s mum has tried everything, then his dad became interested in budgerigars and on the p atch of g arden where nothing grew, he built an aviary.
Blue Boy can be seen at 3 pm today and 9 am tomorrow. Tickets ar e R60. ‘QUESTION’ This sho w use s puppet s, dar k clo wn, mask and mime, and is great for those older than 11 y ears. Court sa ys of the show: “Question is a nightmar e. In a room where falling asleep could be the worst thing you could do, a man is sur rounded by his book s, his diarie s, his history, the things he has done and left undone. He’s tired, tired of objects, tired of things, things that make him remember and things that help him to forget, things that mak e him que stion.”
See it t oday and t omorrow at 1.30 pm. Tick ets ar e R6 0. ‘THE O THER’ The Other is a psychological thriller and ghost story for those older than 11 ears.y
Sarie li ves on a smallholding in the Karoo with her Ma, her Pa, her two older brothers and her sister May. During the day it’s dry and hot and windy, but at night, it’ s dar k, v ery dar k!
The show is at noon t oday and t omorrow. Tick ets ar e R6 0. ‘SUPERNATURAL S TORIES’ The final offering is Supernatural Stories, which is for those between 11 and 15 years. These ghost stories are not for the fainthearted. Listen if you dare at 6.30 pm t onight. Tick ets ar e R6 0.