Pinocchio – Malthouse Theatre

I was lucky enough to go to the opening night of Pinocchio at the Malthouse. It was different because it was a modern day Pinocchio adapted from the original story with groovy music. I was pleasantly surprised as I thought it might be targeted to a younger audience. So do not be put off by thinking Pinocchio is for young children. This musical most definitely has a wide appeal. Click here to see a Pinocchio trailer.

I had many favourite parts of the play. I was impressed with the way Pinocchio was built and the way his nose grew. I also really liked the cricket. He was a puppet and the puppeteer had a great sense of humour. He also entertained us at interval. The set was awesome. I also loved how there was only one set used differently. It showed that you don’t need lots of different sets to tell a story, you just need imagination.

The playwright Julianne O’Brien, wrote the play bringing the story up to date. This combined with the music by Jethro Woodward and the direction of Rosemary Myers made for a very entertaining play.  I thoroughly enjoyed the production. The play was true to the storyline and the music added an extra element.

My brother attended as well. He is only 5 and loved it too. Therefore I would say this is definitly a play for all the family. I highly recommend this for ages 5+. Pinocchio is showing from 6-28 September, time for me to go again! Great activity for the school holidays, book now. There will be a Crafternoon at the Malthouse with craft activities, puppetry and music on the 22 Sept.

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Man Covets Bird

I went to Man Covets Bird play at the Arts Centre. On entering the theatre we were asked to look into a box and the man told us we were going to go on a very fast train ride. I didn’t know much about the play before hand except that it was a boys journey growing up.

The beginning of the play was very fast paced. The play started with the birth of the boy and his life was fast and then it got slower. He found a bird that became his best friend. One morning he woke up and no one recognised him (because he was no longer a boy but a man) so he went far away with his bird. He moved to a big town and got a job in factory. At the factory no one spoke. On the train to and from work no one spoke.

It was during this part that the play started to get a little boring. But it wasn’t until after the play that I realised that perhaps some parts of life might be boring.  In the beginning the man was a lone but he had his bird. The bird did a lot for the man and made him happy. In the play no one talked on the train to and from work then the one day the man decided to share  his  bird with every one and they started to talk to one another and it bought them happiness. People around you can effect how you feel.

I liked the projections on the walls and the background music. There were 4 people in the show but only 1 actor the other 3 sung and played instruments.

It was good but perhaps a little boring in the middle which made the play feel a little too long. It did make me think about life and how people around you can affect how you feel. So I would say the play was thought provoking. I recommend Man Covets Bird for 10 +.

The Curious Game

Who likes games? Well there was an interactive show at the The Substation part of The Winter Kids Festival in Melbourne called The Curious Game. It is performed by a local theatre group called Born in a Taxi.

The Pawn, the Queen and the Knight

The costumes were whacky and amazing, just like the performance. There were 3 performers, a bossy Queen, a silly Knight and a devious Pawn. The stage was set up with a throne. They lay down a large chess board mat and invited audience members to come and play. The Queen tells  you to do some funny things and if you do it wrong you’re out. The winner got to sit on the throne. There was not much talking but we did have to make lots of different sounds. I learned early on that you had to bow to the Queen, otherwise you were pulled out of the audience and smacked, all in good fun. I laughed alot!

As part of the festival there were other activities as well – drawing competition, art gallery, bookshop, story telling and more.

The Queen and me

The Curious Game was a really really good show! I loved it so much I asked dad if I could go again and we did! I recommend The Curious Game for 5+.

Hatched by Asphyxia – Book Review

Hatched is the first book of the Grimstones story by Asphyxia. This book is based on the Hatched play. If you are unfamiliar with The Grimstones it is a Gothic Fairytale and you can look at my reviews of the plays Hatched and Mortimer Revealed. The book was the same as the play but in greater detail. The book is a combination of a picture book and novel. The book is actually Martha’s Diary and you can see where she has drawn pictures and stuck in photos.

Martha wants to become ‘Lady Martha the Magnificent.’ She is not sure how, but experiments with sewing however her favourite room of the house is Grandpa Grimstones apothecary. I am not going to reveal all Martha’s diary secrets here.

I read the book in a day because I couldn’t put it down. The book was EXCELLENT! I recommend the story for 7+ (even mum loved this story). I can’t wait to read Mortimer Revealed (Book #2).

I went to a book reading of Hatched at Readings in Carlton last week. I enjoyed it. Here is a picture of me with Asphyxia signing my copy of Mortimer Revealed. Stay tuned for a book review on Mortimer Revealed coming soon.

RANDOM MUSCIAL

Random Musical was 5 performers that improvised with random words from the audience. The silly story was totally spontaneous. They made up the title of the play from the random words. The title of our play was The Plane in the Zombie Galaxy. There was also a man on the piano playing spontaneous music. They used props on stage to turn into characters. Audience participation was required, singing, making sounds and movements.

The location of Random Musical was amazing, held in the Speigeltent as part of the Comedy Festival. The layout of the tent makes it easy for everyone to see and become more involved with the actors.

I thought everyone involved was really talented.  Random Musical shows are always different and depend on the random words from the audience! I could go and see it again and again! I recommend this silly bit of fun for all ages.

Hatched

Hatched is the first story of the Grimstones by Asphyxia. Now I’ve seen the whole  Grimstones series it makes more sence to me. Now I know why Crumpet has 3 legs and had a tuft of hair when he  was born. The  tuft of hair meant that Crumpet was magic. The Grimstones is a gothic fairytale, told by marionettes. There were two people Asphyxia and Paula who controlled the marionettes. Since Asphyxia is deaf she signed and Paula tells the story.

In Hatched, Martha created her brother in Elcho’s (Grandpa Grimstones) apothecary. When she was making a spell for a baby she spilt extra drops of one ingredient. Martha put the egg in a safe spot in Mama’s sewing room. She watched the egg grow and it soon hatched. Crumpet was born. Crumpet was born with an extra leg because of the extra drop.

I think Hatched is suitable for ages 5+. I loved this play just as much as Mortimer Revealed. It is magical. Asphyxia please, please keep writing more Grimstones tales.

Martha and Crumpet

Martha and Crumpet

Rupert’s Race for Rhythm

Rupert’s Race for Rhythm  was our middle primary musical production. The play was scripted by Chris Barrett along with ideas from grade 3 and 4 students. Chris also did the staging and choreography. Our musical director was Deborah Tait.

The play was about a boy called Rupert who had decided he wanted to be a dancer. Rupert was not coordinated and didn’t think he had rhythm. He travelled the world in search of rhythm. He travelled to Japan and saw Taiko Drumming, South Korea and watched a Fan Dance, in Russia he saw Cossack Dancing, he heard the Sao Roma song in Romania, in Austria he saw the Shuhplatter Dance, in Italy he saw the Tarantella dance, in England he saw the Maypole Dance, in Jamaica he heard Shake the Papaya song, in the USA he saw a Hoe Down and in Africa he saw the Rhythm Dance. Rupert learnt a lot from each of the communities he visited.

During his travels he wrote home to his family telling him about what he had seen, heard and tasted. So do you think he found his rhythm? Did he become a dancer? Well not on the dance floor… .Rupert became a world famous chef for his international cuisine restaurant.

I participated in the Fan Dance which is a traditional folk dance from South Korea. We decorated our fans and practiced weekly. I enjoyed being in this play.

It was a big event for middle primary. We did 2 performances for family and friends. One in the afternoon and one at night.