We are four weeks into Term One here in Queensland and already I’m thinking of the Easter break – mostly because I have no idea how my tired little preppie child is going to make it until the end of term – but I’m sure she will!
I almost always book some sort of live performance for each school holiday break, because I don’t think we can underestimate the value of The Arts in the life of a child. Live performances and visits to galleries add such richness to our lives and allow children to expand their horizons beyond the everyday and into fantastical worlds, or the world as experienced by others. I would far prefer to spend money on theatre than theme parks and whilst I’m determined that this year we’ll take the girls to some sort of sporting event (working my way up to it okay?), my first love for family outings will always be theatre, ballet or the art gallery. I have such strong memories of seeing the ‘big’ musicals at QPAC as a child (usually with my grandparents) and of my mum taking us to the Qld Art Gallery for all the major exhibitions. She continues this tradition with the grandchildren and every holidays they all traipse into the Brisbane cultural centre for a gallery, library and/or theatre day with nonna- in fact they all expect this and if it doesn’t happen for some reason, it will be mentioned time and time again until the next visit.
These holidays I have ‘The 13-Storey Treehouse’ on my must-do list. Of course I’ve read the Treehouse books (most of them anyway) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton and we listened to the ’13-Storey Treehouse’ on audio when we drove to Sydney a few years ago with the kids – in fact we listened to it three times at the request of the one of them! I also love any play written by Richard Tulloch, who I have had the good fortune of meeting and working with several times over the years at the Story Arts Festival. I have been so impressed by Richard whenever I have seen him work with children at Story Arts. He genuinely understands what interests children and he has an amazing ability to create theatre for young people which draws them in, makes them laugh and allows them to enter into the lives of the characters, the setting and the story of each of his productions. To get the most out of a book based production its a really good idea to read some the books first – it helps to give context, introduces them to the characters, and for really young theatre go-ers, it is very helpful if they are familiar with the basic narrative beforehand. You can read about a bit about books by Andy Griffiths, and purchase them, here.
I am so very keen on this production and have my eye out for other book-based performances. All suggestions welcome!
QPAC and CDP Kids presents
The 13-Storey Treehouse
A play by Richard Tulloch
Based on the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Artistic Direction by Julian Louis
WHEN: 5 to 9 April 2017
WHERE: Playhouse, QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
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