Hour well spent learning to invent

The part-live action, part-animation play will leave kids and adults breathless and impressed

October 25th, 2012 9:52 am| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Wallace and Gromit, Caractacus Pott, Professor Calculus, Willy Wonka, the Hudsucker Proxy, Q – the world of fiction is full of colourful inventors, and now you can add two more names to the alumni: Mr and Mrs Professor Habengut, the central characters in Habengut – a journey of invention, a new children’s play currently playing at Børnescenen v Folketeatret on Nørregade (see G9 in InOut for more details), which is wowing the city’s children with its visual panache, humour and progressive perspective.

Created by Luba Lynch and Lisbeth Burian, the part-live action (directed by Burian), part animation (Lynch) show is aimed at three to eight-year-olds, although its appeal is universal. With minimal dialogue, it tells the story of two inventors, one of whom (the man, obviously), – by mistake – sends himself back to the Stone Age. He will quickly discover, as will the children in the audience, that ideas really are everything.

“As the old Chinese proverb says, if I have one egg and you have one egg, and we swap eggs, we still have only one egg each,” explains Lynch. “But if I have one idea, and you have one idea and we swap, then we both have two ideas. This sums up the story of the play. Ideas are to be shared.”

With my two daughters present (go on then: Billie, four, and Karla, eight), practically spanning the target audience, I was perfectly equipped to judge the play, as an adult, and also from the perspective of a child. I enjoyed it because of the stunning and colourful stenography and animation and quirky caricatures. Billie, judging by her alarmingly loud laughs, particularly when all of the food was thrown on the stage, loved it, while Karla thought it was “funny and good” and learnt “how not to get angry with each other when you have ideas”. Still, she did find it “difficult to follow” at times – a future critic in the making there!

Still, they walked away thoroughly entertained, understanding that ideas, including ones for magical plays like this, are to be shared.

The project is reaching the final phase (photo: Nationalmuseet)
Dismantling and excavation of medieval church reaches final stage
Next week work will begin on the final phase of a project with cultural and...
O'Leary looks momentarily distracted, like he's just seen one of his planes (photo: Hasse Ferrold)
Ryanair still has huge plans in Copenhagen
The Irish budget airline Ryanair still has ambitious plans to quadruple its...
500,000 young Danish girls have had the HPV vaccine since 2009 (photo: iStock)
Danish HPV centres flooded by ill girls
The five national HPV centres that opened on July 1 are already stretched t...
Crown Prince Frederik will lead the delegation (photo: iStock)
Crown Prince Frederik to lead trade delegation to South Africa
From November 2-4, Crown Prince Frederik will be heading a business delegat...
Nudists want to be able to take a stroll in city parks or in the forest (photo: Danske Naturister)
Danish nudists yearn for larger ‘playground’
According to the Danish nudist association Danske Naturister, nudists in De...
Yay, the moment has finally arrived (photo: Danes Worldwide)
Danes worldwide celebrate as dual citizenship become official
It's finally official. After months of expectant waiting, the Danish dual c...