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VLOOI EN |DIE EILAND/
KIPPER AND |THE ISLAND
DIRECTOR: Marinda Engelbrecht
CAST: De Klerk Oelofse, Wilhelm van der Walt, Erika Scott, Marlo Minnaar, Cintaine Schutte
VENUE: Artscape Theatre
UNTIL: August 30
IF YOU are feeling a bit jaded about the dearth of theatre audiences in Cape Town, catch a Kipper or Vlooi show at Artscape.
The gleeful screams of kids having a great time will quickly change your viewpoint.
For the past 13 years this prescribed work from Oxford University Press has been presented on stage by the Krazy Katz Production House and Artscape.
The storyline changes from year to year, but invariably it involves a magic key that takes three children on a crazy adventure. Kipper is the English version, while the same actors present the show in Afrikaans as Vlooi.
This year the trio are on their way to a dress-up party when they end up on a deserted island, where they fall foul of some stranded pirates.
The show is decidedly for children and schools book their seats well in advance, but there is scope for regular folk looking for an entertaining way to introduce children to the theatre.
It is an uncomplicated presentation – the actors quickly have the children on their side with straightforward dialogue and fart jokes. Face it, fart jokes go down well with seven-year-olds.
There are even some sly comedy references to keep the teachers awake, but this is aimed squarely at children. The most amusement adults will get out of this is watching the children’s responses.
The show incorporates simple music and dance routines, some of which the children do along with the performers.
It is an interactive show in that the performers address the children directly and the children are not shy about yelling warnings and instructions to the performers.
Katerina (Cintaine Schutte), the hook-wielding pirate wench, provoked some vocal responses as the baddie who constantly baited the audience with her terrible behaviour.
The issue of who is good and bad is clear cut and the show emphasises inclusivity and working as a team.