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Take the kids out into their imaginations
Tell the kids that you are taking them to see a play and they are likely to say they would rather stay at home and play in their tree house.
Or worse still. "Plays are boring. Go climb a tree!"
But hang on a bit. What if the play was about a tree house. A 13-storey one to be precise and one beyond their wildest imaginings. From the mind of well-known and much loved author Andy Griffiths comes a tree-house that has a bowling alley, a secret laboratory for cooking up concoctions, a vegetable vaporiser and even a marshmallow machine that shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you're hungry. It even follows you around!
Image from andygriffiths.com.au
Griffiths thinks like a kid and it has been to his advantage when it comes to entertaining our young.
Most kids will have avidly read the 13-Storey Treehouse. Now this imaginative tale has been turned into a play by Richard Tulloch.
As you would expect it's kid-paced mayhem. The key figures are Andy and Terry who of course are based on Andy Griffiths and his writing partner Terry Denton. The duo are played by Andrew Johnston & Matthew Lilley . Expect something in the vicinity of flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla all with the aid of 3D machine. The kids will be in stitches. It will get them away from their screens and using their imaginations. And hopefully designing their own 13-Storey treehouse in their heads at l the very least.
The production has just had a sell-out season at the Sydney Opera House. Now it is touring the rest of Australia. Best suited for children 6-12.
Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Image from andygriffiths.com.au