Spike is the story of an echidna who is stolen from his nest by a greedy rat.
He hatches from his egg far away from home. A young girl finds him. She is playing alone in the bush because she is being bullied by other children. He has no spikes yet and she doesn’t know what kind of creature he is. She tries to work out where he comes from, but accidentally puts him in dangerous situations – in the nest of a crocodile, an emu and a turtle. He feels frightened, rejected, alone. As the story unfolds, she helps him to discover where he belongs, and he helps her to find her own “spikes” and stand up to the bullies.
Told through the art form of contemporary shadow theatre, Spike is an interactive experience for the audience, with lively original music by the ebulliently eclectic Mal Webb. It is entertaining and fun, as well as a catalyst for a discussion about difference and belonging. It also has an environmental theme, being about the unique biology of Australian animals, especially the egg-laying echidna.
After the performance there is a demonstration of shadow puppetry techniques, introducing children to an expressive hands-on story-telling medium that is most accessible to young people.
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Thursday 14 March 2019, 04:00pm