The show

Yesterday was such a thrill! I had never been inside the Melbourne Recital Centre before. We arrived early with the boys and went to a backstage rehearsal room to feed them. It was fun to be back of house again – I’ve seen a few different spaces over the years through work and I love the rabbit warren feel and glimpses of lighting, instruments… The inner workings of it all. Then Pete took them into the foyer to sleep and watch the screens and I got to go inside (feeling guilty).

It is a beautiful space. It is lined with wood panelling in fantastic shapes – a little like those wooden dinosaur kits! It’s wonderful! There was a big audience of parents and kids and the orchestra up the front beneath the giant screen.

I sat at the back – the lights fell, the narrator came on – a wonderful theatrically-voiced man and the production began. I hope this is performed over and over again because it was fantastic. The choices of music were perfect. As the animation worked its magic, first with Sally and David’s Rainbirds, the music swelled and enveloped us. There was lightening and thunder, drama and suspense. Parts of my Night Garden were quite scary! It was just brilliant.


Afterwards I met some of the kids, saw their great colouring-in work and sold some books.

I have to thank everyone involved for such a brilliant performance of what was a real labour of love. Especially animator extraordinary Diana Ward, Jo Beaumont the musical director and MaryRose Harrison.

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  1. Posted September 28, 2011 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Dear Elise and Sally,
    All the best for you from Sydney,

  2. Posted September 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t it magical? x

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