You are invited to join Lamp on a journey around the Theatres Building, guided by a magical book that brings the theatre’s lamps to life. Once upon a time, Lamp lit the stage of the State Theatre for a magical performance of Swan Lake, but a mysterious event scared her out of her beloved theatre and into the hallways to watch the audiences instead of the performances.
Lamp’s story involves plenty of movement – she wants you to recreate moments from throughout the performance of Swan Lake, including touching mirrors, twirling, stamping and clapping. As your magical book guides you through corridors and from one lamp to the next, you’ll feel like you’re following a treasure map to its exciting finish.<
The show is recommended for children aged 7+, but it will have plenty of appeal to younger children as long as everyone is taking part. It’s highly interactive and each family has their own session time, so kids are likely to find it pretty exciting and personal.
The Story of Lamp is commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne with Sandpit, who have worked with many organisations including the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, ACMI, and Google’s Creative Lab. The production uses software and near-field communication technology to bring the lamps to life. There’s also a code on your storybook so you can continue the adventure at home.
At $15 for a family of up to five people, it’s a beautiful and affordable school holiday activity.
Thanks to journalist and mum for 2 Erika Jonsson for her guest post
- The Story of Lamp is recommended for children aged 7+ but children aged 2-3 up are also quite likely to enjoy it.
- There are stairs involved in the tour of the Theatres Building, so if you can leave the pram at home you’ll enjoy it more.
- The interactive journey will take 50-60 minutes depending on how quickly you move between different places.