Warning: small parts
29 August 12
As part of the Art with Altitude exhibition, we were privileged to watch Grin and Tonic show Warning: small parts on the weekend. Zoe and Ben held a very young audience captive with a mix of action, puppetry, audience-participation and sounds.
The story follows Syms Covington as he apprentices himself to Charles Darwin and sails from England to Australia. Syms has a penchant for collecting things, and his imagination provides a source of amusement for the audience while it drives his sailing companions to despair.
The fish-tank projection was a very clever set. When shown on the big screen, it acted as different location back-drops for Syms’ specimen-collections and even once filled with water as he sank to the bottom of the sea.
I was so impressed with Zoe and Ben’s performance in Warning: small parts. They played to a very tough audience — young and very young children — and yet kept us entertained and engaged. The finale of the show included a pro-environmental message to encourage children to carefully consider their collections so as not to negatively affect nature.