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HOT: Aston’s Stones, ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

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Aston’s Stones is a quirky, left-of-centre children’s theatre production from Sweden that’s touring Australia at the moment. It’s just landed at the Arts Centre Melbourne after performing in Sydney and will be heading to Brisbane for the Out of the Box Festival from 25 June to 2 July.

The 30 minute show is aimed at kids 3-6 years old and I think it’s age appropriate. Children can choose to sit on the floor atop fake grass, or in chairs with adults in a semicircle around the stage.

Aston is a dog who collects and takes care of stones – some of small, some are big, some are lonely, some are cold. He fills the house with the stones and convinces his parents to knit woollen blankets for the stones…until his parents can bear it no longer and take a holiday to a pebble beach where he is told to leave the stones behind. Luckily, the stones seem to have found a home that they like!

Aston and his parents are personified by three performers, all of whom switch between speech, mime, singing and playing the keyboard or electric double bass. The story is quite sweet and definitely has a Scandinavian flavour to it, with a slightly odd humour and dark sensibility typical of many films and books from that region.

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At the end of the performance children are invited to touch Aston’s stones (which were deceptively soft and squishy) and to help Aston collect stones in the foyer.

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Aston’s Stones is playing at the Arts Centre Melbourne until this Sunday 22 June. Lady AB and I enjoyed this unique show, which is probably the polar opposite of some of the blockbuster mainstream fare you’ll find in Melbourne’s theatres.

Aston’s Stones, ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 June, 10.30am and 1.30pm

Saturday 21 June, 10.30am and 12.30pm

Sunday 22 June, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm

Tickets $18*

Ages 3 – 6

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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