Of magic unicorns, witches and giants

An evening of fun-filled theatre is on the cards when Kids @ Play, the children’s theatre group founded and directed by Professor Neluka Silva presents ‘The Magic Unicorn is Kidnapped’ and ‘Wojo, the Witch and Gobbles, the Giant’ on October 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at the Punchi Theatre, Borella .

The plays draw on the ideas of the group who are between the ages of 6 and 13 years. The Magic Unicorn is Kidnapped and Wojo, the Witch and Gobbles, the Giant are stories written by Neluka and devised by the group.

The actors began their theatrical journey with an introduction to drama with theatre games, concentration exercises, voice exercises and movement etc. Following this foundation, the workshop progressed to creating the plays which working out characters, music, dances and other aspects of the production. This is always the most challenging part for the young participants, as they use their creative impetus and imagination to bring life to the stories.

The experience gives the young players the confidence to explore their own ideas and convey them through the form of drama. In The Magic Unicorn is Kidnapped, two Princesses have to deal with competition and fights among the animals in the jungle. While they are sorting out their fight the magic unicorn is kidnapped from the castle by a pirate and two evil crocodiles. The animals join the princesses in their quest to rescue the unicorn and realise that they need to stop competing with each other and become friends.

Wojo, the Witch and Gobbles, the Giant deals with a good witch and a greedy giant who refuses to share his food with anyone, even his own brother. In the giant’s garden is a magic mango tree and she is also fed up with putting up with his constant demands for mangoes. A host of characters, including three slaves, some crazy policemen and a poor widow and her four daughters make this a lively and original story.

The Magic Unicorn is Kidnapped and Wojo, the Witch and Gobbles, the Giant follows the highly successful production of Dracula, which was performed at the British School in Colombo in April 2011 by the older group of actors of Kids @ Play.

Programmes for the performance will be available at the theatre.

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