Mammalian Monster Workshop

Streets Alive is heading into its biggest year yet in 2010!

The Monster Makers is a wildly interactive adventure for children and a spectacular street-show for adults and families. The children take over Igor’s laboratory as assistants, bring his recently acquired monster to life and take the creature on the road to face the menacing challenges of the big and dangerous city. Children lead, adults follow: as it should be.

Join the students of Mowbray Heights Primary School and Sacred Heart Primary School as they take their newly brought-to-life monster for a walk.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS

 

Saturday 13 March 2010

12:00 pm – Mowbray Heights Primary, Mrs. Cumming’s and Miss. Benson’s year 3/4 class

1:00 pm – Mowbray Heights Primary, Mrs. Woodcock’s and Mrs. Eade’s year 3/4 class

2:00 pm – Sacred Heart Primary, Ms. Summers’ year 4 class

3:00 pm – Sacred Heart Primary, Ms. Summers’ year 4 class

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

The children will be attached to the monster via long ropes, which they will use to control his actions. They will have to work together to balance the ensuing anarchy with their desire to stay out of trouble. The Monster, in turn, will begin to allow his various attributes to take over. For example, if he’s been programmed as a loving monster, he will hug the public, playfully pushing the bounds of propriety. The children will have to decide just how much is too much. Eventually, the monster will escape into the city, the kids return to the theatre to debrief and discuss just what exactly went wrong. In the final moment, the monster will return and get everybody up to sing and dance.

This idea of giving kids the power and ownership over important aspects of the production flows naturally from our other work with kids where we endeavour to provide them opportunities to control the situation, giving them some small power.

The Monster Makers is essentially about the responsibility that comes with any kind of power; to quote Spiderman’s uncle Ben: “with great power comes great responsibility,” something we always remind the Haircuts by Children students, most of whom recognize and appreciate the source of the quote.


If you would like to participate in future Streets Alive events be sure to get your teachers online to www.streetsalive.com.au

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