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Join mouse in the deep, dark wood these school holidays
Perth families are spoilt for choice this January School Holidays, but one event you don't want to miss is CDP Kid's The Gruffalo at the State Theatre Trust.

This adaptation of the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler by Tall Stories Theatre Company, takes the audience on a journey through the "Deep, Dark Wood" with the lovable Mouse played by Tina Jackson, seasoned actor both in Australia and overseas.

Tina portrays mouse in an effervescent manner with just a touch of mischief, as she takes you on the journey to meet the other characters of the wood.

Will mouse escape the jaws of the fox, owl, snake and finally the terrifying Gruffalo? You will need to head over and book your tickets to find out.

The Gruffalo is running in Perth until 14th January, including an inclusive performance on Friday 5th with an Auslan interpreter. It was fantastic to hear from the interpreter, who was sitting near us about the commitment to providing deaf audiences with an enriching theatre experience and I encourage you to get in touch with the theatre if this would be useful to you to find out about future performances.

Josh Anderson and Jonathan Macmillan make up the remainder of the cast, playing several roles each alongside Tina. Catering to the young audience, there is plenty of opportunities for audience participation, though I am not sure how appreciative the man was who ended up with the Gruffalo on his knee calling him daddy.

The trio of actors were sublime in their portrayal of the cast of characters and had the audience both sitting on the edge of their seat and rolling with laughter. Special mention goes to Josh's portrayal of the snake that he transformed into a flamboyant, maraca-shaking, quasi-gypsy that seemed to fit perfectly.

Of course, when the Gruffalo made his much-anticipated entry to the stage, all eyes were on him. Jonathan certainly made the Gruffalo come to life and there were many little people happy to see him.

Costume design for this performance was absolutely on point. With two of the actors playing multiple roles, there is a need for quick costume changes but nothing was lost with the creativity here. With very clever "human" clothing the mouse, fox, snake and owl were all portrayed with wonderful realism. I must say the owl was a particular favourite with a military-themed get up that fitted perfectly.

The Gruffalo is running up to 14th January, so get in quick to grab a spot at one of the performances. There is easy parking nearby or grab a train into the city and take the short walk across to the theatre. Better yet, make it part of a day trip this holidays to Perth city and take some time exploring the Cultural Centre located within walking distance.
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Why? Fantastic Family Theatre Experience
When: Jan 3 - 14, 2018
Where: William Street Perth
Cost: $35
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