Monday, 13 October 2014

Carrousel des Moutons, Oct 12, 2014 ***1/2

By D'Irque & Fien (Belgium)
Melbourne Festival
Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne, Oct 10 to 12, 2014
Reviewer: Kate Herbert
Stars: ***1/2 
 I saw this on Oct 12. I am not reviewing it for Herald Sun but here is a short comment. Excuse the brevity. KH
Oh, so charming and funny! This is a sweet and witty children's circus piece from a wonderful Belgian duo.

A man, wearing kiddie's pyjamas, struggles to get to sleep, dragging his blankie and pillow onto a grand piano, played by an unassuming woman.

He slips, slides, tumbles, flies, spins and gapes as the children squeal. "Mummy! He's funny!"

One design trick that makes this a magical show is the grand piano that pivots on a huge supporting strut and rotates and flies through the air. It's exciting and terrifying as the man-child teeters on its edge.

Although the narrative threads came unstuck in the latter half and the show has a few false endings, I loved this show for kids!

Kate Herbert

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