Devised by: Christine Devaney &Leandro Kees
Reviewer: Michelle Haynes
What makes people happy, sad, or angry and ultimately what makes people who they are, is something that is constantly explored throughout childhood and continues into later life. Curious Seed brings us an imaginative and playful way of discovering ourselves through dance, chalk drawings, chat and audience interaction, in their creative family-friendly play Chalk About.
On entering the room the audience finds the actors already at work, drawing on the floor in chalk, rolling, dancing and playing in the space to a soundtrack of children’s chatter. As the piece progresses children and adults alike are asked to join in the fun as the actors create chalk stories and take photographs on a disposable camera. The play transports the audience into a place of playful innocence where the actors dance through moments of their lives, pose questions and find entertaining ways to explore the thoughts of childhood.
Engaging from the very beginning Chalk About is an explosion of enthusiastic energy touching on many topics including love, the difference between girls and boys, dying and race. Without ever becoming too heavy for a children’s play, these topics are approached in a brief and fantastically light hearted yet thoughtful manner allowing both children and adults to enjoy them. Visually as well as vocally engaging, the design compliments the playful element and at times becomes tenderly symbolic for the memories of loved ones. The choreography is also wonderfully touching, staying simple enough for a younger audience to enjoy while succeeding in displaying intimacy without becoming at all inappropriate. For families with children and adults alike, Chalk About is definitely one to pencil in the diary at this year’s festival.
Runs until 24th August