Today we saw Stella and the Moon Man at Sydney Theatre down by the wharves. It was brilliant. In fact that review I've linked to is quite insipid, I think - it doesn't do the production anything like justice. Perhaps we were bowled over by the stunning performance of the girl who played Stella - whose name we don't know as the role is shared by two girls and I don't know which one performed today. She had to be on stage for the whole hour as the central character and was calm, composed and magnetic the entire time.
A friend of mine who has a daughter the same age as Olle had tried to get them both into a two-day holiday workshop this week run by Theatre of Image (who produced Stella). Unfortunately the workshop was booked out. After seeing their work for the first time, I'm very keen to see if we could get him (and our friend) into any future workshops. Stella used shadow puppetry and ingenious lighting and projected images, as well as an original score performed live by the Australian Youth Orchestra. The whole production, from script to choreography, was fresh and original, funny and meaningful in an uncloying way - which is really saying something compared to most of the commercial crap which passes as culture for children these days. What a lovely school holiday outing! Olle and his cousin had a wonderful time.