We (the other 9-12 YO kids and I at the Argy Barge workshop at the Roola Boola festival) started off with a fresh canvas! No – one had pre – planned our storyline. We got to make it up ourselves.
We started off by playing some fun acting games to help us get used to what we would be doing over the next 4 hours.
After we had finished up with the games (and when I had finished failing miserably), we started pouring out our ideas up onto the white board. We came up with many random, crazy, impossible – in – real – life ideas. We made sure that our story was weird, funny, wacky, impossible – in – real – life and most off all … RANDOM! We had meerkats, an assassin that killed people with a blunt pencil, lactose – intolerance free cheesecake, Fartenstein ( yes, I spelt that right!!! ) and a twist … sort – of.
We used all kinds of acting! We used puppets, ourselves as the actors, shadow puppetry and lighting effects!
We put on the performance for our families afterwards and you can see a sample of the enthusiastic response in the video below. My mum and brother enjoyed the show.
Hannah with theatre director of Argy Barge – Anthony Crowley
Also here is a sample of a production from the workshop.
ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!
ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!
The Curious Game – Queen and Knight
The Curious Game – Pawn
The Curious Game Trio
At the Royal Court, is a Mega – sized ( not cereal – box sized ) chessboard, with us Royal Subjects as the pieces. But, this not a game of moving, taking, and capturing pieces – this is a game of imagination, and copycattering!! There are hardly any rules, except for one: NO YAWNING ALLOWED!
You must not displease the Queen, or else, her “club” will come in search of your behind! You must be willing to take part! The Queen said, and I quote, “… I want FULL PARTICIPATION!” If you win the “curious game”, you will be crowned king/queen over all of … “BigNosePeople Land!” ( or at least, I think that’s what they are called….. )
The Curious Game Trio
My brother thought it was brilliant!! And mum thought the costumes were also fabulous!!
The Curious Game – the Queen and I
I went to this on 2nd July 2013 at the Roola Boola Festival run by City of Stonnington, Melbourne. There are more great performances and kids workshops running through to this Friday 5th July see www.roolaboola.com to book.
I am also attending the Argy Barge Puppetry workshop at the Festival this Friday – looking forward to it! Perhaps will see you there!
Also here’s a sample of a performance of The Curious Game from another show:
I went to see this at the La Mama Courthouse Theatre on the 28th September 2011.
Finius Flume works long, looong, loooong hours at the Fandangle Factory. His job is to make sure all the fandangles are in perfect condition for giving out to the public. The fandangles were fun though and he wanted to play with them but when he tried a foreman would always come and interrupt his play, bossing him to get back to work!
I thought that the show was lively with VERY creative props, lots of comedy, some puppets, zany machines, stilt walking and more.
Recommended age: 3 to 7 years.
Here are some pics:
Finius & the Foreman
A funny chase - watchout Finius!
The bubble fandangle.
Photos provided by La Mama Courthouse Theatre – Photographer Daisy Noyes.
Stay tuned… I will be adding my own fandangle inspired by the show – here later.
This was run by Little Big Shots artists Ben Landau and Ben Goodes at ArtPlay.
I went to this workshop with Josh, my brother on 12th June 2011. Other children also attended with us.
We did a stop motion film where we got to plan the story ourselves, and we got to choose our characters to play. Also we chose our own costumes from what was set out for us. Josh was a villainous shark, I and two other girls were mermaids and two other boys were eels. While we were doing the story, photographs were taken from above to create the film while we were asked to keep still every few secs.
It was enjoyable but I did find it a little difficult to keep perfectly still.
Recommended age: 5 – 12yrs (have to be able to follow directions fairly well and keep still when asked).
The “villainous” shark –trying to be scary.
Below is a link to a you tube video by the artists in which my brother and I appear – somewhere…see if you can find us 🙂
I went to see this with my mum on the 24th June 2011.
As stated above in my Clown picture this is what I thought of it:
Amazing Music – Live Band.
Lots of Laughs – Hilarious
Also here is my interview with mum:
(What a grown up thought of it)
Q. What was your favourite act?
A. There were 3 main ones: Fantasia Fitness- Very funny. The Hoola Hoop Girl – Collected several hoops in a spooky story theme. The Ring Lady’s finale – in a giant dress with a spectacular finish.
Q. Did you have a favourite star?
A. Fantasia – great acrobat and comedian. In fact the whole cast was hilarious but Fantasia stood out as a really funny character.
Q. What else was great about this particular Circus?
A. The live band and singing – the Ring/Leading lady (boss) had a most amazing voice like an opera singer. A lot of things were done in a very humorous style in an Aussie way. Even some grown up humour thrown in. Sure to please a wide age range and audience.
Here are some pics:
Some of the people from Circus Oz Steam Powered
Fantasia – she was so funny in her Fantasia Fitness Act! Must See! 🙂
You Tube trailer:
Recommended for all ages.
Circus Oz tours around the country – see their web site for more performance dates.
A Polyglot Production.
I attended this on 14th March 2011 at ArtPlay.
This is the tangled web.
What you do is get a ball of elastic and tie it to another piece up already, then just go walking through the web with the ball in your hands.
I really liked it. My ankle got tangled several times but my brother got his whole body tangled in it!
Rescuing Josh from the hungry spiders (my poem) – No spiders actually were there on the day!
Even Spiderman couldn’t make his way through
So it’s up to me, to rescue Joshua
Cause he’s my brother
Using my flexibility, I can reach him
Now just have to pull him out
Great! I rescued him.
Recommended age: 5-12yrs.
Here are some photos of my brother Josh and I in the tangled web:
As you can see we got very tangled in the web!
Here is a video clip of us in the web: