april underhill tooth fairy

April Underhill: Tooth Fairy is a book by the beloved children’s author Bob Graham which has been turned into a theatrical performance for kids aged 2-8 years as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014.

If you’ve not read the book, cialis April and Esme Underhill are two tooth fairies and the story follows their nighttime adventure to collect with their first tooth equipped with a bag, recipe a $1 coin, cure a mobile phone and goggles!

The show stayed relatively true to the text and illustrations but there were some creative changes to make it suitable for the stage, such as removing April and Esme’s mum from the story and using puppets to enact some of the scenes. Given the constraints of space in the tiny La Mama theatre and the no doubt low budget of the performance it was a really delightful theatrical experience.

I hope Bob Graham was happy with the direction of the show as he was in the audience! He kindly signed some books for the kids while we were in the theatre courtyard too.

april underhill tooth fairy

While the Melbourne Fringe Festival shows of April Underhill: Tooth Fairy are sold out you could try turning up at the door in case there are last minute cancellations. Also, I suspect that the show will be performed again in a bigger space, with more polish, sometime in the future.

April Underhill: Tooth Fairy, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014, La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday St, Carlton +613 9347 6948

Sat 20 Sep – Sun 28 Sep 11am and 2pm (45 minutes)

Tickets $15 each


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