Schools and early childhood centre educators and students throughout Aotearoa New Zealand can expect a quirky character coming to their theatre from 5 May – 15 November 2016.

Capital E National Theatre for Children’s Shu’s Song is a new live show created by Laura Gaudin, Rachel Callinan and Gina Moss for children at early childhood centres and up to Year 3 primary students. In over 45 minutes, audience members follow the journey of Shu learning to adapt to an unfamiliar world, gradually turning curiosity into confidence with each new encounter.

Capital E National Theatre for Children’s Creative Producer Marianne Taylor says, “Shu’s exploration of new objects and environments encourages ideas such as exploration, identity, belonging and critical thinking. We’re very much looking forward to premiering this production for schools and ECC’s across the country.”

This live show will delight and inspire young people as Shu discovers the secret life of everyday objects in a home office. Shu’s imagination brings these objects alive in this charming and inventive story about exploring our environments and building relationships.

Sound and music are key elements of the show, using tone, volume, and composition to demonstrate emotion, communication and purpose. In fact, sound, movement, puppetry and light replace speech, creating a non-verbal visual theatre experience that provides each audience member with opportunity to connect and understand the story through their individual perspective.

Shu’s Song reflects a young person’s world of discovery and imagination. It tells a story we will all recognise – a path to understanding our complex world and the challenges faced along the way.

The show provides a great opportunity for children to explore and discover drama and sound, to understand the concepts of what can be achieved when working together as a group, and to respond to live theatre – another experience that may be new in their lives.

Bookings are open for all Capital E shows with further information on how to book, dates and times visit the Capital E website

When and Where:

North Island

  • Palmerston North // Regent on Broadway // 5 May
  • Napier // Municipal Theatre // 11 & 12 May
  • Hamilton // Clarence Street Theatre // 17 & 18 May
  • Tauranga // Baycourt Community & Arts Centre // 20 May
  • Kerikeri // The Turner Centre // 27 May
  • Whangarei // Forum North // 1-3 June
  • Manukau // Vodafone Events Centre 7 & 8 June
  • North Shore // The Pumphouse // 13-16 June
  • Gisborne // War Memorial Theatre // 20 June
  • New Plymouth // TSB Showplace Theatre Royal // 23 June
  • Carterton // Events Centre // 28 June
  • Taupo // Great Lake Centre // 1 July
  • Wellington // Hannah Playhouse // 12-21 October

South Island

  • Invercargill // Civic Theatre // 27 October
  • Christchurch // Isaac Theatre Royal // 31 October – 1 November
  • Timaru // Theatre Royal // 4 November
  • Dunedin // Kings & Queens Performing Arts Centre // 8 November
  • Nelson // Theatre Royal // 14 & 15 November