On Sunday, we decided to take my parents to The Esplanade and show them a spot of local children’s theatre. Bunny Finds the Right Stuff is adapted from the children’s book Bunny Finds The Right Stuff, written by award-winning author Emily Lim and illustrated by Neal Sharp.
PLAYtime! is an interactive theatre series for children aged two to four, and this is the first performance we have attended that is a book adaptation. The plot of the play closely followed followed the plot of the book: Bunny, a floppy toy rabbit, is not happy with the way he is. He tries and tries to find stuffing to fill himself up, but he just cannot seem to get it right.
Bunny, despite being a “he,” was played by a “she”—Selma Alkaff, a 19-year-old actress who stole the show. Alkaff was supported by Andrew Marko (“Bear”), Bright Ong (“Kangaroo”), Lian Sutton (“Rex”) and they all did a fine job of keeping the littles entertained. I found the first few scenes rather draggy, and felt that the opening should have set up the conflict immediately. But The Preschooler loved the visual elements and lighting design and the opportunity to touch props and puppets. She participated in the performance’s interactive portions with delight and verve.
Bunny Finds the Right Stuff closes on March 13. Weekday performances are at 9:30AM and 11AM. Weekend performances are at 11AM and 4PM.
PLAYtime! is also staging “sensory-friendly” versions of this performance on March 7 at 9:30AM and 11AM. This is most excellent, and the first time I’ve seen such a thing in Singapore. (Singapore isn’t very kind to the disabled, I must say.) I personally know many families who would benefit from a performance suitable for children with special needs of all ages and abilities. It offers a friendly and supportive environment, with the following features: no total blackouts; no sudden loud sounds; free and easy access in and out of the theatre.