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Erik de Waal returns to the festival with some more African folktales, all related with the help of puppets and verbal input from the young audience.
De Waal is a charming storyteller who relates well to five- to 12-year-olds, never talking down to them. He inserts non-English words into the stories, letting the audience learn the meanings by context rather than definition. The stories themselves are clever parables that not only teach moral lessons, but are logic and memory exercises as well.
While there were a few restless young spectators, it was heartening, and a little surprising, to see how some well-worn puppets can enthral an audience of 21st-century kids. But then again, it helps to have an animated storyteller such as de Waal at the helm.
— Janice Sawka
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
The hit show returns with brand new stories. 170,000 kids on five continents can’t be wrong. African folktales come to vibrant life through storytelling, puppetry, and lots and lots of laughs.
CBC Top Ten show in 2009 & 2007.
"Irresistible to the young at heart" - CBC
RECOMMENDED: Especially for Kids (12 & Under)
School of Contemporary Dancers (Kids Venue), to July 25
Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under)