Urthboy enters the Telstra Spiegeltent and asks his audience to close the gap, come in tight, promising not to spit on the audience from a distance. He tells us there will be some “hootin’, hollerin’ and hecklin” asking us to not be afraid to heckle.
The title of this concert didn’t quite describe it. Yes, the concert included Richard Strauss’ sublime epitaph for the Romantic era, Four last songs, but the remainder of the concert was purely orchestral.
Narrative and character were thrown overboard into a sea of plastic cups and replaced with random text from a range of amazing writers like Plath, Cave and Camus but the delivery of their snippets of prose failed to engage.
Carnival of the Animals is a delightful and unique circus and visual theatre experience for children (and their grownups) that beautifully uses and is inspired by the music of classic French composer Camille Saint-Saens.