Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director & produced playwright (20 plays). Scripts published by Currency Press. She worked as an actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate is currently Convenor of Professional Writing & Editing, Swinburne University. Read her reviews here or at: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Friday, 2 January 2015
The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Jan 2, 2015 ****1/2
Book, Music & Lyrics by David Wood; adapted from Judith Kerr's book Produced by KW &NB Ltd Company Arts
Centre Melbourne, Jan 2 to 18, 2015
Reviewer: Kate Herbert
Review also in Herald Sun online on Jan 5 then later in print. Sorry for delay in uploading here. I've been on hols at the beach! KH
would you do if a gigantic Tiger appeared at your front door demanding tea?
you’re a 4 or 5 year old, evidently you’d squeal excitedly, point, shout, sing,
invite him in and then feed the hungry Tiger all of your yummy afternoon tea.
menu includes bikkies, buns, sandwiches, an enormous cake and everything
drinkable in the house, including Daddy’s beer.
Tiger Who Came To Tea is an adorably cute musical play for children that is written
and directed by David Wood and adapted from
Judith Kerr's popular, children’s picture
book that was published in 1968.
is a joyously playful show that tickles the funny bone of its target audience
(3 years +), a group that has a sense of humour that is notoriously difficult
children sing along with Sophie (Abby Norman), her Mummy (Jenanne Redman) and Daddy
(Matthew Dudley), count the hours as time ticks by on the kitchen clock and scream,
“He’s behind you!” when Tiger arrives at the door.
shout, “He’s hungry!” or “He’s thirsty!”
acting as interpreters of Tiger’s sign language when Mummy and Sophie don’t
understand his needs.
learn the lyrics of Tiger’s song and act out the actions: swing your tail,
shake your paws, stretch your claws and roar your roar.
three versatile performers know exactly how to engage this very young audience
with participation, comic mime, broad characters and goofy slapstick that
includes Daddy wrangling his jacket then shoving his shoes into the toaster.
Caulcutt’s set is a cheerfully pastel, cartoon kitchen and the props seem to be
miraculous because cakes and milkshakes magically disappear from sight when
Tiger swallows them.
it is the fluffy, lovable and very polite Tiger that steals the children’s
hearts as he sashays around, waggling his bottom or performing a deep, Elizabethan
bow to his hosts while he scoffs their food, leaving them with empty cupboards
and no dinner.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
is an old-fashioned kids’ play that will delight families and keep everyone out
of the heat – unless you’re the actor wearing the Tiger suit.