A performance by Claire Teisen, Directed by Andreas Litras
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|This lively one-woman show tells the
traditional Japanese folktale with masks, puppets,
origami images, character changes and “special
effects.” The story is
told in English using a variety of accessible
Japanese words and phrases as well as traditional
songs. The children are
drawn into the story as the characters emerge from behind and
through striking Japanese screens, sometimes
larger than life and sometimes as puppets and
images. There are
plenty of laughs tempered by tender moments as
Momotaro is found and adopted by the old lady at
the river and then departs on his great journey to
Onigashima to defeat the demons.
The story is treated with great affection
and warmth, and has many references to everyday
Japanese characters, objects, food and culture..
|Obasan and Momotaro|
Within the Australian
Curriculum the show supports the following
LOTE - Japanese language and cultural knowledge.
Literacy - traditional fairytale comes alive.The Arts – exploring and responding to the disciplines of drama in the forms of story-telling, characterisation, puppetry, and music via traditional songs. The set contains a panel with a beautifully painted castle and there are stylized paintings used in the traditional Kamishibai storytelling box.
Design and Technology - puppets with moving parts, pulley system within an innovative set, and the costumes help the narrator tell the story.
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