Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, May Gibbs’ tale of two cheeky gumnut babies and their friends, has been enchanting children since 1918.
Now Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are live on stage and desperate to encounter a human – though only from a distance.
We were invited to review the 55-minute production at the Arts Centre Melbourne. It has plenty of characters, keeping the small support cast exceptionally busy with quick costume changes. Kids love the great voices of Mrs Fantail and Mr Lizard and Mrs Snake is a thrilling villain.
The set design is simple and clever – a seesaw-like tree branch creates movement without distracting the audience with too many prop changes. The “underwater” sequence is particularly beautiful.
This show is perfect for the school holidays and is aimed at children aged 5-10. Some of the scenes featuring the Big Bad Banksia Man and Mrs Snake might worry some younger children, but it’s worth noting that almost everything turns out for the best, even for a couple of characters who seem destined for doom.
Both five-year-old Lightning and two-year-old El Guapo enjoyed the performance, particularly the amusing ending.
Thanks to journalist and mother Erika Jonsson for her guest post.
- The show is aimed at kids aged 5+ but younger children with good concentration spans should also enjoy it.
- Pre-order a gumnut lunch pack for $13 including a chicken brioche roll, juice box, fresh fruit and iced cupcake.
- Pram parking available;
- if you arrive before 10am early bird parking is available at the Arts Centre carpark for $16.