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Curious Jac at Riverside Parramatta

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by Rae Rogers (subscribe)
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As a grandparent, I had the pleasure of a week long visit from my six year old granddaughter and along with the beach, parks, visits to cousins and friends, we were also lucky enough to be invited to see a performance of Curious Jac.

We went along to the Riverside Theatre for the relaxed performance of Curious Jac by Lillian Rodrigues-Pang.

It was great, the doors remained open for most of the show giving us the feeling that we weren't in a contained environment where we had to "perform" the usual theatre etiquette. It was clearly explained that we were free to be ourselves and enjoy the experience without the "normal rules". For us, this was perfect as half way, through my granddaughter started saying "I'm hungry", so a quick dash to the canteen outside the doors and the problem was solved. Simple little things like that or "I have to go to the toilet" could be dealt with, without the usual embarrassment of interrupting a performance.

Relaxed performances are excellent for those who want or need that little extra flexibility and understanding.

Lilli has such a natural way of dealing with children. All the kids were noticed and were given the opportunity to participate in the show. Even my granddaughter, who is usually quite shy, happily put her hand up to give her input which was very nice to see.

The show itself was about a curious young girl who had an insatiable curiosity and many questions. The catchy little ditty "Who, What, When, How, Why" was a fun to sing along to and engaged everyone.

Jac had her questions answered by a very accommodating eagle, who flew her to various countries around the world where the colourful stories were played simply, but masterfully, by Lilli and her skilful musicians.

I had a chat with my granddaughter afterwards to get her feedback and as you would expect, there was a lot to take in, but when I asked her what it was about, she answered "questions, it was about questions". And then she talked about the wings, which she loved and I'm sure I will take great pleasure in making her a set. Thank you, Lillian, for the detailed description on how to construct the most awesome set of wings.

In short, a thumbs up for both Curious Jac and for relaxed performances at Riverside Theatre. I totally recommend both.
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When: 2 October - 3 October 2015
Where: Church and Market Streets Parramatta NSW 2150
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