"Does anyone like stories?" the three asked the audience. "Does anyone like drag? Does anyone like wearing their mum's high heels?" Clearly, the answer was yes because the crowd went wild, cheering and clapping. The rainbow of families in the auditorium jiggled in their seats as the first song, New Sensation by INX, boomed out.
The three actors in this very physical comedy have obviously considered and analysed their audience extensively. They had the experienced school teachers' incredible ability to know exactly when the kids would need a music break, a group clapping moment, a fart joke (thanks Mark) or a chance to stand up and stretch their legs.
The three picture books chosen for storytime were excellent stories which highlighted the real theme of this show; inclusion. The Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz reminds audiences of the gender stereotypes and expectations on people that exist from birth. Julian is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love, is a lovely tale of a boy and his desire to be a mermaid, and King and King, by Stern Nijland and illustrated by Linda De Haan, is a fractured fairytale that tells the story of a prince who is pressured to find a princess but eventually meets his prince.
The story themes were not new or challenging ideas for the very receptive audience. As the stories were played out the kids were creeping up on the stage, inching their cushions closer and closer to the actors. This continued as the actors ran a bubble machine up and down the aisles, including those who were a little more shy.