Four Go Wild in Wellies

Four Go Wild in Wellies
Indepen-dance. Awesome Arts Festival. Choreographed by Stevie Prickett. Directed by Anna Newell. PICA Performance Space, Perth Cultural Centre, WA. 3-6 Oct, 2018

Four Go Wild in Wellies does what is says on the box, as four adorable actor-dancers go wild in Wellington boots and bobble beanies in a 30 minute warm hug of a show aimed at 3-5 year olds and their families. I am not 3 to 5 years of age, but I also fell in love with this charmer of a production.

The show begins with some beautiful tent puppetry, which drew squeals of delight from the crowd. From the tents emerge the young cast who dance their way through a day of camping. Games are played, the environment is explored, friendships and broken and mended, in this kind and loving little show that teaches us about loving our friends and getting along.

The performance company, Indepen-dance 4 are touring from Scotland and are the flagship ensemble of Indepen-dance, an inclusive dance company for disabled and non-disabled people to fulfil their potential through dance. The dancers, Hayley Earlam, Emma Smith, Neil Price and Adam Sloan, are a beautifully blended ensemble with wonderful teamwork. They dance to a quirky and likeable score by David Goodall, with a picturesque Autumnal design by Brian Hartley.

Such a shame that this brilliantly happy little piece of theatre had such a short run.

Kimberley Shaw

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