The sound of children laughing, cheering with delight and gasping in wonder as they watch their favourite stories brought to life on stage is simply heart-warming. My son, who is 9 months young, was completely enraptured with his first visit to the theatre at QUT Gardens Point. Whilst he is a bit young to have a full appreciation of the narrative craftsmanship on stage, there is no doubting that he loved every minute of the experience. From the characterisation of sequin and sparkle-clad puppets to the orchestral overtures, he was totally digging it. The joy of the children was infectious.

Based on the much-loved story by Eric Carle, Jonathan Rockefeller’s recreation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a stage
production in which four talented performers use a collection of 75 puppets, music, props, lighting and exuberant stage presence to capture the imagination of their young and not-so-young audience. Perfect for young children with its spot-on timing of 50 minutes, this performance is a brilliant way to foster a love of reading, frivolity and play.

The performance also included stories of ducks who ventured around the world, a tinselled spider who was very, very busy and a foray of farm animals ranging from a cantankerous cat to a frolicking goat.

Undoubtedly, the show’s crescendo was the culinary degustation and ultimate transformation of a very hungry caterpillar. The excitement was tangible as children cheered out the words of the much-adored story.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a critically acclaimed performance that children, parents and grandparents are bound to enjoy. It was the first of many theatrical adventures for my son and we are hungry for more!

Tamara Broughton
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