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The Harbinger - Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre

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by Rae Rogers (subscribe)
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The Harbinger, an interesting name in itself meaning 'A storyteller'.

Nothing sprang to mind on hearing this word for the first time but on seeing this performance, these words now bring up a number of visual memories and emotions.

This show is carried out brilliantly by skilled actors and a poignant mise-en-scene. I was fully engaged within moments of the opening. The sheer size of this puppet took me by surprise. And then there was the sallow haunting look on his old white face that made me sit back and take notice.

Hansel & Gretel, taken into the woods and abandoned because their parents couldn't afford to feed them; Cinderella treated as a slave and ridiculed by her step family, Little Red Riding Hood stalked in the woods by a nasty wolf who wanted to eat her. Like many traditional fairytales, it is not all smiles and good news but for some reason, children just love them.

The memories of a sad old man being painfully extracted by a young girl with her own problems. Being homeless, unloved and silent, it is the stage for a strange relationship indeed. With secret after secret being unveiled until the finale when his most painful secret is revealed, the memory of his beloved wife and his part in her demise. And then, the end...his end!!

I sat wondering whether this was suitable for children so I asked a couple of 10 year olds on my way out what they thought. They commented that it was good for children their age but they wouldn't recommend it for younger children. And I agree, the age for this show is definitely not for littlies. Ten year old is the minimum.

If you love theatre and something a little different then this is a must see. If you're into feel good and happy endings, then perhaps give this one a miss.

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When: 25-26 Sep
Where: Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, 401 Bell Street, Preston, Victoria 3072
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