16th Feb – 3rd March
Adelaide Fringe 2018
@ The Bakehouse Theatre
Do you remember making cubbies out of blankets, horses from sticks and mountains out of mattresses?
The inspiration for producing this show came from our children. Week after week they would bring the Ivy + Bean books home from the library and were so absorbed by the characters and adventures.
The script grabbed us immediately, and after the success of Matilda last year we knew parents would be looking for a theatrical experience to take their children to with a literary context and more substance than the average bubble blowing magician.
This story is one of friendship found in odd places, not judging a book by its cover but opening your heart to accept one another’s differences.
Bean is loud, wild and goofy. She loves to be involved in games and poke her nose in other people’s business. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas. She spends most of her time learning how to be a witch. Each girl thinks the other one is weird. Each girl thinks she could never be friends with the other. It’s only through the mutual dislike of Bean’s older sister Nancy, that these two find a similar goal. Kids have the wildest imaginations and we have enjoyed exploring the physicality’s and mental state of seven and eleven year olds.
This child-like imagination was further explored through the use of a child-built set. Actually we were moving house at the time and our children were building a cubby out of all the old broken furniture we were throwing away. The end of the single bed frame jumped out to us as the fence Ivy and Bean sneak along and the rest imagined itself magically right before us. Re-purposing our entire set significantly reduced costs, but more importantly it supported our intention of keeping the design of the show based on child’s play and imagination. Taking the colour out of the set mimiced the dreamlike world their play takes place in, emphasising the shape and form of the objects and further enabled the audience to project their own creative imaginations.