INNOVATIVE TALE FOR YOUNGSTERS
IVY – SAVIOUR OF THE DINOSAUR!
By Jennifer Martin
Capital E National Theatre for Children
at CAPITAL E, McKenzie Theatre, Wellington
From 30 Jun 2012 to 14 Jul 2012
Reviewed by Ewen Coleman, 4 Jul 2012
originally published in The Dominion Post
Capital E National Theatre for Children's Ivy – Saviour of the Dinosaur by Jennifer Martin is different [from the other children's theatre on offer these holidays] but just as new and interesting. This is a fascinating piece of theatre, expertly performed by Martin with Nick Dunbar skilfully playing many of the characters Ivy meets on her adventures.
And what an adventure she has. During the day Ivy is a cleaning lady housed in The Basement store room of the museum where there is a great array of historical artefacts, set out on Alice Hill's wonderfully creative set. But by night she is Ivy the palaeontologist on a quest to save the dinosaurs.
Her cleaning trolley creatively becomes her time traveller and off she goes back in time on her mission to the Cretaceous period, when a meteorite is about to wipe out the dinosaurs.
Ivy devises a plan to stop it, involving going to the moon where she meets up with Neil Armstrong stepping out for mankind, and back to the 1700's to purloin some of the gun powder Guy Fawkes is using to blow up the British parliament. On the way she meets lots of other historical characters.
While the show becomes a great history lesson, probably too advanced for many younger audience members, the special effects of flashing lights and bellowing smoke aided by Gareth Farr's evocative music provide plenty of interest to watch if not to listen to, to make this another great piece of holiday entertainment.
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|Thomas Bird||posted 5 Jul 2012, 06:28 PM / edited 5 Jul 2012, 06:37 PM|
A witty, clever, well written story. Adults and children laugh together, but often for different reasons. This was my first trip to Capital E, it won't be my last, I'm looking forward to seeing more work from the Ivy team and this talented young writer/actor. My daughter is so in awe of Ivy, I haven't the heart to tell her that it is an actor playing Ivy. Highly recommend! (Even if you don't have children to bring along, it's a fantastic piece of theatre for adults too)