A child’s laughter is such a lovely uplifting sound to hear.
So when a packed hall full of children all start laughing as one, the joy is palpable.
The impetus for their laughter on this occasion was a wombat called Mothball and a wonderful performance of the beloved Jackie French children’s book Diary of a Wombat by Monkey Baa Theatre at the Bermagui Community Hall on Saturday.
Hosted by Four Winds, the play was a sell-out success, with the MC saying unfortunately people had to be turned away at the door.
Monkey Baa comprised three actors-slash-puppeteers and a cellist, who put on an entrancing stage adaptation of the antics of Mothball and his quest for carrots and a comfy hole over the course of a week.
The wombat itself was portrayed as both a small hand puppet and a larger version sometimes taking all three actors to manipulate – always to the obvious enjoyment of the crowd!
After the play, children in the audience were given an opportunity to ask questions of the performers, with intrigue around what the puppets were from from and which parts were the performers’ favourites.
Kids learnt Money Baa’s Mary Rapp had been playing the cello for 20 years and that they had all watched plenty of YouTube videos about wombats to learn how they moved.
One young girl called on to ask a question simply stated “I liked you show”.
Everyone seemed to be in agreement.