Today we were lucky enough to go to our local theatre to see ‘How the Koala Learnt to Hug’. These views are my own, I was not asked to write this post, nor did I receive and financial incentive for doing so. We enjoyed it very much and I wanted to share this experience with you incase its touring locally to you.
When we walked in I was initially impressed with the set. We have been fortunate enough to see several productions recently and Ive started to judge what to expect by what greets us as we arrive. It was colourful and full of different textures, the flowers at the front kept drawing my attention. Monkey was very intrigued by the trees! Its started with a bang and continued through the 55 minutes or so. Unlike other shows there is only one actor – Steven Lee, who single handily (with the helps of a couple of puppets) keeps the children engaged and entertained throughout.
There is a lot of audience participation right from the start, ideal for little ones – initially they start with bubble machines. What child doesn’t like bubbles? The next interaction is the passing round of a giant leaf with sweets stashed inside. Lots of little eager faces patiently waiting their turn. Its the first show I have ever been to where they pass sweets out! Theres singing and actions in easy to follow songs which got Monkey jumping up and down and jigging away. Before finally being able to have a hug with Karen the Koala at the end.
It was just the right length for Monkey and his little friend who are both just about to turn three. Not only is a good show but the moral of the story is a lovely one. Initially a very grumpy koala persuaded some beavers to eat their way through an entire forest bar one lonely eucalyptus tree. In short, the tree is very upset and only stops being so when the once grumpy koala hugs it. Hence the reason the koala learnt to hug. Its a lovely story and I have not done it justice in a couple of sentences. That and nine other Austrian fairtales are also available to buy in book format. We have only read this story to date with Monkey so I can’t comment on the others. However there are lovely illustrations through out.
The show is produced bv The Peoples Theatre Company who are also responsible for a number of other shows. We are particularly interested in ‘Old MacDonald had a Farm’ and ‘There was an old lady that swallowed a fly’, hoping they will be coming locally to us soon. I also love the fact that they have a free downloadable education pack for schools and educators on their website. Not only that but they will also come to your school and perform, for more information you can email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A throughly happy show which leaves you with a nice warm feeling and even more excuses for cuddles (not that we need them). Monkey’s been asking about koalas ever since. I can feel another story bag coming on…