Odd One Out teaches Wellington children about inclusivity
Capital E’s new show, Odd One Out, uses non-verbal live performance and humour to tell its young audiences about the importance of acceptance and inclusivity.
Launching its nationwide tour in Wellington during the April school holidays, Odd One Out will talk openly with kids aged 2-7 about being different and feeling left out. It’s a story of acceptance, welcoming new people, being kind, and inclusive. The non-verbal live performance uses cheeky, bubbly characters and comic timing to tell the story.
The junior theatre production is a story of three curious and vibrant characters that live a busy life in a world where everything has a purpose and a place until suddenly their world is full of things that don’t belong.
One of the show’s writers, Thomas LaHood, says theatre is important for children and young people as it connects stories, metaphors and ideas with a sense of community,
“We’re working with themes of order and disorder and we hope that children will feel a connection to both sides of the story – to the characters who love things to be a certain way and get worried when things change, and to the character who doesn’t know how to fit in and seems to make a mess of everything.”
Dr Sarah Rusholme, Director of Children and Young People at Capital E, hopes that the young audience learns important lessons about inclusivity but also have fun along the way.
“Odd One Out is a fun show for kids to learn about being inclusive and how to deal with the feeling of being left out. We think that it is important to introduce young children to live theatre, as it can ignite and fuel their creativity.”
When: Monday 16 – Friday 27 April
Where: Hannah Playhouse, 12 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington
Price: $10 per ticket, under 2s free.
More information: www.capitale.org.nz/portfolio-posts/odd-one-out/