Issued Tuesday, 14 February 2006
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE AND PATCH THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
MR MCGEE AND THE BITING FLEA
19 April - 6 May
Celebrate the possibilities of storytelling with the surprising, charming and frenetic theatrical production Mr McGee and the Biting Flee. Presented by Adelaide’s acclaimed Patch Theatre Company, and based around six whimsical stories by award-winning children’s writer Pamela Allen*, this original production is beautifully designed, innovatively staged and exquisitely performed.
‘Fast-paced inventive theatre – cows appear out of sliding door-ways, balloons become heads, and ducks float up in wells as no imagination is spared… this show will be another national bestseller!’ Mat Byrne – Sunday Mail
Framed by an eclectic range of musical styles from African a cappella to Texan hillbilly, Mr McGee and the Biting Flee sees stories emerge from dozens of suitcases and crates, creating enchanting little miracles of music and play.
‘This production explores a range of performance languages, inspired by children’s play and found objects,’ says director David Brown. ‘We are thrilled that children from 3 – 8 years universally love the production, indicating if the choices made are appropriate, children are capable of appreciating and enjoying sophisticated material rendered with elegant simplicity.’
In 2005, Patch Theatre Company presented the sold out Sydney Opera House season of Pigs, Bears and Billy Goats Gruff. Now they return to celebrate story and play in the lives of children and their carers, believing that if play is the engine for childhood learning, then the vehicle for their communication is story.
2006 marks a massive touring year for PTC, including a five month national tour of Who Sank The Boat? and an international tour of Sharon Keep Ya Hair On! Since it began in 1972 PTC has presented 97 new works to more than 1.2 million children and their families locally.
*Pamela Allen is a phenomenon in the world of children's books. In twenty-two years she has produced 30 picture books, many of which have won prestigious awards and commendations both in Australia and overseas. She is the first illustrator to have won the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBC) Picture Book of the Year Award two years running.
“Every child is an artist, the challenge is to keep them so.” Pablo Picasso
Season Details:Mr McGee and the Biting Flea
Dates: Wednesday 19 April - Saturday 6 May at 10am and 12.30pm
Tickets: $22, *Group/Family of 4 $19, *Registered childcare groups $15 (Care Workers free)
Venue: Playhouse, Sydney Opera House