Interactive kids’ theatre

2010-07-06 00:00

USING a few simple props — a red cloak, glasses, a wig, a hat and a bag of plastic vegetables — Peter Hattingh brings to life two classic fairy tales. In doing so, he entrances the children seated on blankets in front of him.

Encouraged to join in the fun, the children volunteer to be birds, flowers and even characters in Little Red Cap and Rumplestiltskin. And at the end of each story, Hattingh encourages them to share the lessons they have learned.

Working through his theatre company As Told By Me, Hattingh will be back at Rosehurst, at 239 Boom Street, Pietermaritzburg, on July 9 at 9.45 am for another storytelling session.

Each of the children who attend the show receives a bag with a drink and snacks and they, together with their mums and dads, grans and grandads, sit on blankets on the lawn at Rosehurst to listen to the story.

My advice is to not miss the chance of seeing this charming show. It’s perfect for children, the tickets are very reasonably priced at R35 and for a short while at least you won’t have to worry about how you should keep your little ones occupied in the holidays.

Booking for the As Told By Me storytelling session is essential as space is limited. To book, phone Rosehurst at 033 394 3833 or visit its shop at 239 Boom Street. Please note that shows are performed weather permitting and don’t forget to take blankets and to dress warmly.

Hattingh, a Pietermaritzburg-based actor, loves travelling around the city telling traditional fairy tales, as well as a new series of African stories. So, if you are unable to get to Rosehurst to see Little Red Cap and Rumplestiltskin, then encourage your child’s school to get in touch with Hattingh as his storytelling session can be booked by schools. Hattingh plans to donate part of the proceeds of his school shows to Heather Geddes to help pay for her daughter Tayla’s heart operation. Geddes’ daughter needs open-heart surgery to rectify her heart’s three holes and missing septum.

• To book a show, phone Peter Hattingh at 033 344 2097 or e-mail phivelive@gmail.com

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