Imagine for a moment that you’re five years old.
Can you think of anything better than: a singing puppet named Webster the Spider, the goddess Athena and her rival Arachne, a set of gorgeous shadow puppets to show off the Labours of Hercules, and live guitar music?
My five-year-old couldn’t. She was transfixed.
For the next four days only, POPArt Theatre in the Maboneng Precinct is running a Children’s Theatre programme that includes Magical Myths: How Spider got her Name and Other Stories, performed by Megan van Wyk.
It’s only 60 minutes long, and nicely interactive, so truly great for the really little ones, aged 3-5. There were also biggies in the audience, aged 7-12 ish, who clearly loved it, and the writing’s smart enough to keep adults happy.
What to expect
Under the masterful and energetic guidance of the epically talented Megan van Wyk (who, for the purposes of transparency, I have had the privilege of working with in the past), you’ll learn about some of the magical stories or ‘myths’ that were used to unpack the mysteries of the world in ancient times.
Megan sings, dances, chats, strums her guitar, jumps up and down, and owns the stage as she adopts different characters and uses imaginative props. Look out, also, for my favourite line of the morning, “Clap for me, mortals!”
Magical Myths is cute, clever, incredibly simple, and reminiscent of the unpretentious, uncomplicated and delicious theatre of my (our?) youth. Go!
Details: POPArt Theatre, Maboneng Precinct, Tues 13 Dec – Sat 17 Dec 2016, 10:30am. Bookings at https://popartcentre.co.za/show/DECCTF01/