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Theatre and digital technologies combined
Ann Droid is the perfect way to introduce a generation of digital natives to the theatre. The show tells the story of robot girl Ann, her creator Alfred and a supporting cast of gadgets, including Bip Bip the robot ball, who somehow nearly steals the show!
Once the show gets into full swing and Ann comes to life, she heads off on a quest that sends her high, low, and even underwater in a video game style that appeals to young audiences. Projected visuals are combined with live performance to create a 3D experience that unfolds before your eyes. The key is the physical mastery and timing, which was executed to perfection.
Just as attention spans started slipping ever so slightly, the show brought in some audience participation to the delight of the young audience. This gave a glimpse into just how much fun you could have with the animation medium.
It's exciting to see this fresh approach from BANDART Productions - they have breathed very modern life into children's theatre. Ann Droid, presented by Wesfarmers Arts and the 2018 AWESOME Festival, which has a reputation for presenting some of the best children's art experiences from around the world.
In the spirit of the festival, it's over to the younger critics – the ten-year-old in our group thought 'the animation was very realistic' and 'the timing was perfect'. The seven-year-old thought it was all 'very good'. The four-year-old did struggle a bit and found it harder to engage, so although the show is recommended for 4, those 5 and over may get a lot more from the experience.
Ann Droid is showing at the elegant State Theatre Centre from 4 to 6 October. For more information or tickets, visit the website.