Playing to an audience of both children and adults requires a certain touch, and a wonderful way with words. The Australian Shakespeare Company delights in presenting dramatized versions of classic literature or contemporary productions of the works of the English bard en plein air.
This happens in parks and gardens in both city and country locations throughout Australia. While walking in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne recently I happened upon their current production of the classical story of children’s literature The Wind in the Willows by English author Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)
…And there, drawn out of the coach-house into the open, they saw a gypsy caravan, shining with newness, painted a canary yellow picked out with green and red wheels…
Who can resist the self-contained world where the antics and adventures of Toad of Toad Hall with his friends Ratty, Mole and Badger in the wild wood, took place. They are all living a positive life, one filled with sunshine, running water, woodlands, dusty roads and good cheer.
Music, songs and laughter are encouraged with laughs and surprises for children and adults. The storytelling begins at 10:30 am or 6 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and on show until 23rd January, 2016.
Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies are also about. The kids can dress up as a fairy or an elf and help them on their magical question for children 2 – 6 years of age.
At the National Trust’s Rippon Lea House and Gardens Alice & Peter Pan in Never Neverland is also keeping the audience enthralled.
Alice and Peter it seems have joined forces to provide an interactive performance that people of all ages can enjoy, drinking tea with the Mad Hatter, while flying through the air to help save Tiger Lily from Captain Hook. This is marvellous entertainment, a great holiday treat for all.
The company will also be presenting Shakespeare’s Best Bits in the gardens in Melbourne until the 12th March, so do bring a blanket and enjoy an adaption of his best works. Select the Show & Purchase Tickets