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We went to catch Aesop’s Fables by iTheatre with Ellery and Alyssa. I’m so glad we did because it was a thoroughly enjoyable show!

There are 8 stories and it was a good selection of familiar and less familiar tales, all with good morals that children should learn about. It led to some meaningful discussions on why “a bird is more than it’s feathers (in the Jay and the Peacock) and what it means, and why you shouldn’t give up your friends for your enemies (The Sheep and the Wolf).

I thought it was a good idea to use the context of a travelling performance company as it gave scope for the actors to take on many different characters (as would need be the case since they are telling many fables…). I also liked how the actors subtly brought home the message of using your imagination. In the show, the person in charge of the travelling company’s costumes misplaced them, and so for some characters the actors had to use everyday objects as props and costumes. The boys are familiar with this concept. Our dress up box filled with random things is one of the most popular ‘toys’ in the house. With my old white shirt they have become doctors, astronauts, dragons, kings, knights, Daddy, etc. But it’s always interesting to see new ways to create costumes – like with the sheep! It was so funny! Gloves and yarn on the head! :)

Docile sheep

Docile sheep

There was some audience interaction in the middle which Ellery loved. He wanted very much to go up on stage to be the Wind in the story of The North Wind and the Sun but wasn’t chosen. At the end of the show he asked to try being the Wind and the actors were so kind to oblige :) He was soo happy he declared The North Wing and the Sun his favourite story from the show and was blowing and blowing on the ride home.

So happy to be able to press the horn and be the Wind. Unfortunately covering his face here!

So happy to be able to press the horn and be the Wind. Unfortunately the horn is blocking his face here!

The actors put up good performances, transforming themselves into each new character with ease. I was keen to watch Darren Guo’s performance because I thought he did well in Hop & Honk and was interested to see how he’d do this time. His acting did not disappoint, and he continues to be a versatile actor capable of playing with his voice and manner. Actually, I thought all of them (Darren, Alecia Kim Chua, Elizabeth Loh, Erwin Shah Ismail and Ghazali Musakir ) did well individually and together.

The songs are great (till now I still have the Aesop’s Fable song stuck in my head) and I thought the choreography was good too (gotta love those Sheep!).

Donkey has had enough!

Donkey has had enough!

Androcles and the Lion

Androcles and the Lion

I left the theatre thinking, “iTheatre is getting better”. The last couple of performances have been really good, and Aesop’s Fables, with its timeless stories and lovely songs, is a great show to catch with the children.

Aesop’s Fables run until 21 Mar 2015. Grab your tickets and go support local theatre!

Aesops’ Fables is show at the Jubilee Hall at Raffles Hotel. Ticket are available via SISTIC.

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I received three complementary tickets for the show. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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There were some books I remember reading over and over again as a kid, and my two small books containing a selection of Aesop’s Fables were definitely among them. There are about 665 fables in total, dating back 2,600 years. I haven’t read them all, but am well acquainted with the more popular stories.

I think my mum gave away those books, but we now still have two thin copies of Aesop’s Fables in our house. These were Jon’s copies from when he was younger and my late mother-in-law kept them, along with some other books, specially for her future grandkids! She would be very happy to know the books have been read repeatedly by the boys.

If you love Aesop’s stories too, you should check out iTheatre’s performance of Aesop’s Fables from 26 Feb to 21 Mar. They show and tell a selection of Aesop’s most famous stories, along with some lesser known ones, using puppetry, live action and song. The selection will include “The Jay and The Peacock”, “Androcles and The Lion”, “The Lion and The Mouse”, and “The Goose that Laid The Golden Eggs”.

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Their 2009 production of Aesop’s Fables played to sold-out audiences, so be sure not to miss it this time around. We really enjoyed iTheatre’s last show, Hop & Honk, and I hope that they’ll put on a good performance again!

Tickets are available from SISTIC.

*** Giveaway ***

iTheatre has kindly sponsored 2 sets of 2 tickets to Aesop’s Fables on Saturday, 7th March 2015 (2.30pm). If you need more than 2 tickets, iTheatre has offered to sell adjacent seats at a discounted rate to the winners.

To qualify for the giveaway, please do these 2 things by 2 Mar 2359hrs (not a lot of time, so don’t put it off till later!):
1. Leave a comment below on which of Aesop’s Fables is your favourite and why
2. Share this Facebook post with at least one other person.

Don’t forget to leave me your email address so I can contact you if you win!

The winning entries will be selected at random from all qualifying entries. The winners will be announced here in the comments section of this post, and will be contacted via email.  They will have 24 hours to respond, failing which another winner will be selected. Tickets will be available for collection on the day itself at the performance venue 30 minutes before showtime. 

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Bubble Magic, the show is called, and magic it is indeed.

It’s amazing what they can do with bubbles! There are buskers who sometimes perform bubble acts at malls around Singapore, but Bubble Magic is a whole other, way higher, level of Wow.

Developed by the award-winning and world-renowned bubble whizz, Pep Bou, Bubble Magic is a joyful two man show that combines the beauty of bubbles with comedy, ingenious lighting, colourful music and versatile costumes that are transformed with just a few accessories.

It starts interestingly with the two characters stumbling upon a glass in the darkness. It turns out to be a glass of bubble solution and that’s where the magic begins. At first they seem hesitant because they are not sure what they can do with the solution (going so far as to even taste it!), but as they experiment with it, they create more and more wonderful things – giant bubbles, strings of small bubbles, lighted bubbles, fishbowl bubbles, smoke-filled bubbles, sliding bubbles, and a train inside a bubble tunnel! At one point I even felt like I was in a giant lava lamp when they created smoke-filled bubbles, lit up in purple, that floated around the dimly-lit stage area.

Fish in a bubble bowl

Fish in a bubble bowl (Picture taken from Bubble Magic)

When these bubbles separate and float up you feel like your are in a lava lamp! (Picture taken from Bubble Magic)

The boys were riveted throughout! Asher, who sat next to me, kept saying, “Look at that!” Ellery, who was further away, had a huge smile on his face throughout and was completely absorbed. It’s evidence of the show’s appeal because Ellery often loses concentration after a while and starts to daydream about other things. That didn’t happen with Bubble Magic.

Some of the things they did were really mind-blowing in that it was something I never ever thought you could do with bubbles. Like bouncing bubbles on your hand, or rolling it across your back, or sliding them down a long piece of (I think) fleece. I mean, it’s not earth-shattering news, but as bubbles go, Wow! Did you ever think of that?  How many years of your life have you spent just blowing them from a bubble wand, watching them drift away and go *pop*?  And I was (and still am) not quite sure how one of the performers managed to make a bubble that was sliding downhill suddenly change direction and go upwards. Magic?

Working together to create more fantastic bubbles

Working together to create more fantastic bubbles (Picture taken from Bubble Magic)

There were also plenty of comical moments too. The two performers had such good chemistry and excellent comic timing. They knew exactly when to be subtle, and when to go over the top. They were really so funny! The characters they played were constantly annoying each other to hilarious effect. The audience simply loved it!

I also thought the bubble-puppet act was very amusing! Bubble-puppet? You have to watch it to know what I mean :) It was great how the bubble-puppets reacted to the light – shivering over the blue light as if that was ice, and burning up over the red light as if it was fire. There was a bubble-puppet chase and a ‘sudden death’. High drama and comedy, I say!

Transparent and smoke-filled bubbles made even more wonderful with clever use of lights

Transparent and smoke-filled bubbles made even more wonderful with clever use of lights (Picture from Bubble Magic)

The grand finale - a theatre full of bubbles!

The grand finale – a theatre full of bubbles!

Bubble magic is a blend of visual poetry and sheer fun in equal measure. It will certainly blow you away ;) If you don’t know where to bring your kids for the remaining few days of this holiday week, go watch Bubble Magic! They will definitely love it, and so will you.

Bubbe Magic – Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles is on until this Sunday, 14 Sep 2014.
Where: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
Time: 11am & 130pm
Book your tickets NOW from SISTIC.

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I received complementary tickets for this show. All opinions are my own.

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Delight!

That’s how my kids react to bubbles. No matter where they are, if they see even just one little bubble floating by they get all excited. “Bubble!!” Now just imagine an entire show centred around bubbles and the tricks you can do with them.

That’s what Bubble Magic: Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles show is all about. Also known as Clinc!, Bubble Magic is coming to Singapore from 10-14 Sep 2014, expect a joyful two-man show combining the fleeting beauty of bubbles with clowning, ingenious lighting, colourful music and crazy costumes. The two turn everyday elements into a magical, wonder-filled world. They compete, collaborate and surprise us, with fishbowl bubbles, animal bubbles, bubbles on a high wire, sliding bubbles, puppet bubbles and even a train inside a bubble tunnel.

Bubbles, bubbles, & more bubbles!

Bubbles, bubbles. everywhere! (Picture from Bubble Magic)

(Picture from Bubble Magic)

The show has been created and directed by the master of bubbles, Pep Bou, who has been playing with bubbles for over 30 years. He started his theatrical career as a mime artist before combining his passion for chemistry (which he has a degree in) with his passion for the performing arts.

The boys were really excited when I told them about Bubble Magic. They’ve seen a busker do some bubble tricks and were so amazed. I think they’ll love this show!

Check out this video to get a taste of what the show will be like:

 

Bubble Magic will be held at the Jubilee Hall Theatre at Raffles Hotel from 10-14 Sep 2014. Tickets are available from the SISTIC website, or through the SISTIC hotline (63485555). You can also checkout the official website at www.lunchbox-productions.com.

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