What's A Snark? Find Out At This Spellbinding Production, The Hunting Of The Snark

  • Toddlers
    Preschoolers
    Kids
    Family

By: Natalie Roach, ellaslist

From London’s West End comes The Hunting of the Snark, a funny and witty musical theatre for children. Performed on a small stage with performers up close and interacting with the audience it is a must see on the school holidays.

The show has been adapted for an Australian audience with many Australian icons mentioned throughout the performance. The stage and costumes work perfectly together, there are bright colours and simple yet effective costumes. The actors are engaging and fun to watch with many taking on more than one role.

My kids loved the intrigue of finding out what a Snark was and wondering if it was going to be caught. They found it very funny when the father lost his pants and this seems to be a stand out funny moment for our family. As for myself, I loved the Butcher who is a woman out to eat anything that breathes (let me assure you, she isn’t scary) played by Polly Smith. She is hilarious, enthusiastic and a great entertainer.

The great thing about this play is that it poses questions about our morals on many topics relevant today such as animal cruelty, animals in captivity and does money make us happy? All great topics to discuss with children.

The stage can be dark at times between scenes changes but this was only for a few seconds and my children weren’t fazed by this.

I admit, I went to this play not knowing anything about Lewis Carroll’s poem with the same title and if you’re like me, you do not need to have read this poem to enjoy this wonderful piece of children’s theatre.  

If you are looking for something to do these school holidays I’d definitely recommend going to see The Hunting of the Snark.

An added bonus is the free activity book the children get at the end of the show. With only a few pages it is still very exciting for my children and they couldn’t wait to get home and draw their own Snark!

The Details

  • The Hunting of the Snark is on now until 15 July at Arts Centre Melbourne
  • It's also on at the Sydney Opera House from 17 July to 22 July 2018
  • Tickets: $30
  • Ages 5+
  • For more see the website

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