LA MAMA: Curious Legends Theatre Company is no stranger to creating unique and imaginative theatre. 'The SandDragon’s Tail' is yet another example of their ability to communicate a rich and sumptuous visual feast to young and old alike.
Curious Legends Theatre Company is no stranger to creating unique and imaginative theatre. With a background in professional story-telling, acting, movement and music, and with performance titles like Haunted House
, Once upon a Cloud
, My Secret Home and Pobblebonk
, The SandDragon’s Tail
is yet another example of their ability to communicate a rich and sumptuous visual feast to young and old alike.
So what is The SandDragon's Tail
In a nutshell The SandDragon's Tail
is a mythical story that demonstrates the positive power of believing in the magic of life.
Consisting of three main characters – Grandpa, his lovely young granddaughter Edi and a grumpy fisherman - The SandDragon's Tail
follows the adventures of Edi as she plays on the beach with her earthbound kite. Trying in vain to get it to stay afloat, her wise and whimsical Grandpa tells her to make a ‘SandDragon’, like he did long ago.
Not really knowing what a SandDragon is, but using her fanciful imagination to make one anyway, her new friend soon comes to life and goes on a magical adventure, helping whoever it comes into contact with by leaving just a small part of itself behind.
This is not just a one dimensional story however, for intertwined with the performers’ captivating ability for story-telling, is their equally wonderful ability to play live music.
With perfectly pitched a capella singing by talented jazz vocalist Angelie O’Brien (who also plays Edi), melodic Cello, flute and recorder by Mitchell Reese (who also plays the grumpy fisherman) and rhythmic percussion by Roland Fraval (who also plays Grandpa), the musical ensemble not only helps to keep the show exciting, but adds another element to the show’s mix of puppetry, dance and theatre.
But that’s not all.
Throw in a couple of aggressive seagulls with a penchant for stealing the audience’s belongings and squawking ‘mine’ (as seagulls do), a cheeky crab who likes to ‘bite’, and an element of Asian imagery, and you have a magical, enthralling and funny show that would make an excellent addition to any kids focused event or festival.
By the way if you get caught out with the riddle like I did, it’s ok to laugh at yourself!
La Mama for Kids is a regular program of performances for young people aged from 2 up to 12 years of age. Consisting of genres such as circus, puppetry, music, movement and story-telling, La Mama for kids is a great way to introduce your little boy or girl to the world of live theatre and the infamous La Mama Theatre at the same time.
The next La Mama for kids is called Jack and Molly’s Christmas Show
- December 18th @ 11am. For more information click HERE
The SandDragon’s Tail By Curious Legends Theatre Company
at: The Carlton Courthouse (La Mama for kids)
Written by Alexandra Day & Mitchell Reese
Directed by Barbara Cizeweska
Performed by Mitchell Reese, Roland Fraval & Angelie O’Brien
For more information on The SandDragon’s Tail and Curious Legends click HERE.
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What the stars mean?
- Five stars: Exceptional, unforgettable, a must see
- Four and a half stars: Excellent, definitely worth seeing
- Four stars: Accomplished and engrossing but not the best of its kind
- Three and a half stars: Good, clever, well made, but not brilliant
- Three stars: Solid, enjoyable, but unremarkable or flawed
- Two and half stars: Neither good nor bad, just adequate
- Two stars: Not without its moments, but ultimately unsuccessful
- One star: Awful, to be avoided
- Zero stars: Genuinely dreadful, bad on every level