02/10/2019 - 03/10/2019
Theatre for children these school holidays
New Zealand’s own internationally acclaimed Little Dog Barking Theatre Company will perform the children’s show The Pond in the upcoming October school holidays.
The Pond, written and directed by Peter Wilson, is a very special programme for early childhood audiences about the world they live in.
The Pond is a magical journey through the eyes of the creatures and plants whose daily lives depend on the importance of water for their survival. The play begins with rain that makes the puddles, the rivers and the ponds. One by one, the characters that live in and around the pond are introduced. But something is wrong, the water in the pond is growing foul and dirty. Something must be done.
Full of music, sounds, songs and action, the Pond is a wonderful introduction to theatre for young children. The Pond is not only entertaining, it is a show with a serious message about the environment.
Performed by Kenny King, and Craig Geenty with original music composed by Shona McNeil and directed by Peter Wilson.
Peter Wilson established Little Dog Barking in 2010. Peter’s vision for the company is to create innovative and original theatre productions for early childhood and lower primary school audiences.
Globe Theatre, Palmerston North
2 & 3 October, 10am & 11.30am
Kapiti Playhouse, Paraparaumu
4 October, 10am & 11.30am
Little Theatre, Lower Hutt
8 October, 10am & 11.30am
St Peter’s Village Hall, Paekakariki
9 October, 10am & 11.30am
Tickets: $10 (under 2’s seated on knees free)
Bookings: Visit www.littledogbarking.co.nz
Door sales available
Theatre , Family , Children’s ,
Playful and direct with a children's book cadence
Review by Adam Dodd 03rd Oct 2019
Kenny King and Craig Geenty captivate and delight young audiences with their performance of The Pond. With the action centred around a deceptively simple puppet theatre box, Kenny and Craig quickly draw the audience in, creating a storyteller’s rapport that holds even my 10-year-old son’s attention from beginning to end.
The performance is polished, entertaining and informative – combining a variety of forms of puppetry, instrumental soundscapes, original music (composed by Shona McNeil) and narrative in multiple languages. These each support the drama of the story as the audience is introduced to the creatures who reside in the pond, learning about their life-cycles along with the dangers of introduced species and pollutants.
While conveying a serious message, The Pond is playful and direct – with a children’s book cadence that is just fun to listen to and join in with.
Lasting forty-five minutes, the show is an entertaining addition to any school-holiday outing – though best-suited to a younger audience.
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