Designed to make live theatre accessible to children as young as two, Capital E National Theatre for Children announces an exciting programme for national education tours in 2014.
“Our programme this year features two brand new productions for New Zealand audiences,” says creative producer Stephen Blackburn. “Our senior work commemorates 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1, while our junior production celebrates the work of New Zealand author, Pamela Allen.”
“Mr McGee & the Biting Flea is being produced through a partnership with acclaimed Australian Company Patch Theatre and its fabulous Director Dave Brown.”
The New Zealand premiere of Patch Theatre Company’s Mr McGee & the Biting Flea kicks off the 2014 line-up in April. Ideal for 2-7 year olds this wonderful production features adaptations of six of Pamela Allen’s stories, including ‘Brown Bread’, ‘Honey’, and ‘Mr McGee & the Biting Flea’. As huge packing cases are opened, new worlds emerge, filled with quirky characters and stories and, using an assortment of props and found objects, three performers bring the tales to sweet, music-infused life. Following a public season in Wellington, Mr McGee & the Biting Flea will set off on a national tour visiting 15 centres around the country.
A specially commissioned work to commemorate WW1 makes its world premiere in Wellington in July before touring nationally until September. An Awfully Big Adventure explores the stories of two young men during the war; one a keen enlister in the mounted rifles off on his big OE, the other a conscientious objector shipped to Europe for further punishment for non compliance. The two then meet at the front on Flanders fields. Along the way we visit Gallipoli, encounter NZ Commander William Malone and travel to the western front during the final stages of the war. In this 100th anniversary year, this is a work that explores the complexity of the times, the conduct of the war and its impact on New Zealanders, all in a way accessible to audiences aged 8 and up.
Capital E National Theatre for Children has been touring productions nationally for 16 years. Performing exclusively to schools the National Theatre for Children delivers professional productions created especially for young audiences all around New Zealand.
For more details and to make school bookings visit www.capitale.org.nz or call 04 913 3742.