A magical journey into the music and mythology of Aotearoa
The Opera House stage is set for world premiere of Hear to See, the latest play from Capital E National Theatre for Children, performed as part of their biennial National Arts Festival, 19 & 26 March.
The play, directed by Sara Brodie, is devised around the myths of Taniwha as a guardians and appreciating the magic of the natural world.
12 year old Ollie is compelled to leave the familiarity of his favourite computer games, his annoying younger sister, and his bedroom, to go outside - into a world where nature makes the rules. As he climbs through his window to chase the creatures he glimpses out of the corner of his eye, his bedroom slides away, and a fantastic miniature world is uncovered.
The characters he meets come to life with ingenious puppetry from Sydney-based company, ERTH, whose life-size dinosaurs were a highlight at the 2009 Festival. With magical lighting, large-scale projection and a cinematic score from Richard Nunns, Ollie’s journey is part exquisite dream, part adventure.
“I think Hear to See is a thought-provoking show, that will encourage the audience to think about how they rely on technology - we need MP3’s, cell phones, social media, but what else is out there? Music plays a huge part in the experience of any movie or play and it is exciting to expose youngsters to new sounds and thoughts – challenge them to think outside the box.” – Richard Nunns
A distinctive New Zealand story culminating in a stunning visual journey, Hear to See promises to be a highlight of the 2011 Capital E National Arts Festival.
Hear to See
Public Performances: Sat 19 March 7pm & Sat 26 March 2pm
The Opera House, Manners St, Wellington
Tickets $16.50 per person (or see 3 shows for $33)
Ideal for ages 8 - 14
Bookings: www.capitale.org.nz 04 913 3740 for more details