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Fringe Show Reviews

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African Folktales with Erik de Waal

YAP Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa

Posted: 07/7/2011 4:18 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/17/2011 12:57 PM | Updates

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School of Contemporary Dancers (Kids Venue), to Saturday

Equally entertaining for kids and adults, master storyteller Erik de Waal is back with more puppets, marionettes and African folktales.

De Waal’s appeal is twofold: He subtly empowers his young audience by engaging them in conversation, listening to their suggestions and telling them they must "protect the grown-ups from getting too scared."

And he really knows how to utilize his expressive face and physical build to full advantage in his performing. Kids automatically respond to the innately funny sight of a husky man lumbering around and speaking with the deep voice of a lion in one instant, then bouncing on his toes and speaking with the high voice of a bunny in the next.

At only 40 minutes, however (shorter than the time in the program) the show ends rather abruptly and disappointingly. You get the impression that Mr. de Waal was only getting started, and must have many more tales to tell.

— Janice Sawka

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

The hit show returns with BRAND NEW stories. 190,000 kids on five continents can't be wrong. Talking giraffes, zany zebras, galumphing elephants and much more magic. African folktales come to vibrant life through storytelling, puppetry, physical comedy and lots of laughs.

"It's superb. Don't miss it" - CBC

"The man just knows how to tell a story" - Winnipeg Free Press

Recommended For: Especially for Kids (12 & Under)

http://www.yaptheatre.co.za/

Length: 45 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $5 Kids (12 & under)

Babes in arms permitted.

Warnings: None

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Updated on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 12:57 PM CDT: Adds review

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