The Luck Child – A Must-See Family Theatre Experience!
Brisbane Festival’s The Luck Child – For ALL the Family!
An evil king and a three-headed hound from hell meet the luckiest boy in the world! Have you ever heard a better starting point for a fairytale? This is the premise for The Luck Child – winner of Best Production For Children at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and due to arrive in Brisbane this September.
Showing as part of this year’s phenomenal Brisbane Festival, The Luck Child stars David Collins, who kids will know from innovative TV favourite The Upside Down Show and parents will remember from classic stand up team The Umbilical Brothers. In both cases, Collins showcased his outstanding physical comedy skills with professional partner Shane Dundas. In The Luck Child, he goes it alone, playing all the characters – including the hound! – using mime, sound effects and clever staging to mesmerise young audiences.
The story is a retelling of a traditional Russian fairytale about a boy who is destined to be king. Collins has said he was excited about the original story, which already included mythical beasts and magical foes, but he turned it up to 11 for this unique production, which now includes a circus, a baby elephant and a monkey being fired out of a cannon! It’s sure to be fast paced, funny and just a little bit ‘out there’, providing plenty of space for kids to use their own imaginations to picture the details of the world Collins creates through mime and mayhem.
For its Brisbane run, The Luck Child is playing in the beautiful Spiegeltent, which is a treat for families no matter which show you choose to see in it. A Spiegeltent is a unique wooden pavilion, made famous by travelling cabaret shows in early 20th century Europe. If you’ve never seen a Spiegeltent show – do yourself a favour! The intimate atmosphere means every seat has a good view (great for young kids) and there is plenty to see as you look around the room at mirrors, stained glass and ornaments while you wait for the show to start.
The Luck Child is a live show that will have kids talking, questioning and re-enacting their favourite bits for weeks to come. Make a day of it by moving from the impressive Spiegeltent to other festival highlights at South Bank, like the pop up Library on the Lawn. Or wander over the bridge for Treasury Lights, the magical sound and light show projected each evening onto the Treasury Casino.
The Luck Child is showing at the Brisbane Festival from 22-25 September, 11am and 12.30pm daily. It’s recommended for ages 4-12 (and their carers). Visit The Brisbane Festival website for ticket details!
Lara Cain Gray is a freelance writer and mum-of-three. She writes books and arts reviews for families at This Charming Mum