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Theatre ReviewSnugglepot and CuddlepieYoung People’s Theatre, at its Hamilton theatre. Ends May 20THIS musical version of May Gibbs’ renowned story about the adventures of two gumnut children as they journey on a search for humans was originally written for concert presentations, but the YPT staging includes dialogue that was subsequently added. And that, in this excellent staging by director Wendy Leis, adds for children and adults alike to the engaging nature of the songs by Peter Combe.
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The creatures Snugglepot and Cuddlepie encounter on their journey are colourful figures in a wide mix of costumes, including a bluecap wren with head feathers that suggest such a covering, the elegant shiningly white Obelia, who is the queen of the fishfolk, and the villainous banksia men, whose darkish brown filaments indicate plants past their prime. The settings likewise bring together fairy tale elements and the messages May Gibbs, who is seen as the story’s narrator, wanted to get across. When the gumnut brothers are taken down a river by bush creatures, for example, the boat is a fallen tree, with the rowers using leaves as oars, suggesting that too little attention is paid to forest settings. And the good use of settings is also evident when Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are seen in a large glass jar with their friend Ragged Blossom after rescuing her from a fish sauce shop, hopeful that the jar will be taken away from there.

The songs have amusing references, such as mention in the underwater celebration Come to the Ball of it being “a fishy affair”. And Gibbs’ call for people to be more protective of wildlife comes movingly across in the animals’ Humans are Bad, when the only human seen in the story rescues Mr Possum from a trap, and is clearly an exception in a generally uncaring human world.

The production has two casts, and I’m eager to see the other one. It would be unfair to single out performers because the show works very well largely because it has a strong ensemble. The production team likewise have brought all the elements together under the direction of Wendy Leis, among them musical director Michael Nolan, choreographer Casey Nolan, musicians Grant Curry, Levi Kealy and Pat Charker, costume designers Leis and Karen Nye, a large set design team, lighting designer Alex Waye, and sound designer Matthew Hudson. They help to bring together the mix of fairy tale and reality.

 
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