ACT 3i Festival for Children opened at the Drama Centre on Tuesday and we were so excited to be at the opening show of All on a Summer’s Day.
Wey has been asking about Shakespeare ever since he heard that his dad and I went to a Shakespeare play ~SRT’s Shakespeare In the Park : Romeo and Juliet. He has been interested about the works of Shakespeare and I so wanted to introduce them to this curious 6 year old. It was wonderful that ACT 3i Festival for Children, with all its wide variety of theatre offerings, also included All on a Summer’s Day, a companion piece to Shakespeare’s well loved fairy tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
When Wey was told that he would be going to his first Shakespearean play, he was all excited and wanted to read the story before we went. I was really glad to find a collection of Shakespeare stories for children by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross at The Book People UK. All the books in this collection were simple, easy to read, children-friendly with colourful illustrations to captivate them. Wey happily read and finished the book the night before show day!There are multiple screenings of different plays at the same time and ACT3i’s All on a Summer’s Day plays at the Black Box Theatre at NLB Drama Centre which is free seating, so it would be good to get there early for ‘better’ seats. Although I must say that because the stage and seating area was small and cosy, it seemed like every seat was a pretty good one with equally good views of the actors.
We got to the Drama Centre early and had a special treat when we spotted Carrot the Elf seated at the garden outside the theatre, plus some of the other cast members as well! CooL! 🙂
The story is about the Little Indian Prince, the human child now all grown up under the care of the Fairy Queen Titania, and what happens to him when he meets the Shoemaker’s daughter, Phoebe (his fairy child replacement). The young ones were all attentive (plus excited) as the stage came to life with fairies and elves. The children laughed especially at Carrot and Compost, the two playful funny elves, who made the story come alive for them. My personal favourite was Carrot the elf, who made everything seem funny and enjoyable.
Wey’s favourite was the handsome young Prince Rajeev. Will he get to live happily ever after with the lovely shoemaker’s daughter? Who saves the day in the end? Go catch the play soon to find out! 🙂
Wey was captivated throughout the entire play which had absolutely no dull moments. I liked that the little ones got their first taste of Shakespeare through this really fun and entertaining play. It was colourful, light hearted and just right for children. All on a Summer’s Day brought Shakespeare to an accessible enjoyable level for the young audience.
Wey enjoyed the play thoroughly, squealing with delight each time he recognised a character although he did point out the story was somewhat different yet somewhat similar to the story he had read 🙂 I’m hoping that this very palatable first taste will encourage him to explore more Shakespeare stories until he is better equipped to truly enjoy the beauty of Shakespeare’s words in an actual Shakespearean play.
It was also wonderful to be able to have a memento photograph with the wonderful cast at the end of the play, so do make sure you are ready to get in line for the meet and greet session!
If you would like to catch this rare Shakespearean play for children, the last show is at 10.30am, Saturday 28 May 2016. This performance is a part of the ACT 3i Festival for Children, dedicated to children ages 2 to 12, in celebration of the arts, play and experience. ACT 3i Festival for Children also has many other wonderful plays to choose from at the NLB Drama Centre, until 5 June 2016. More information, about the amazing shows available, can be found in our earlier post here. Have fun and start booking your tickets at SISTIC http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/ifest2016!