Medieval fairy tale to delight audiences old and young

May 11, 2011

From dragons to duchesses, and knights to nuns, once again Murdoch University’s Children’s Theatre group is set to excite young and old alike with their revamped production of The Minstrel’s Tale which opens to the public on Friday, May 27.

As in all good fairy tales, The Minstrel’s Tale promises a greedy struggle for power, thrilling chases, romantic encounters, and of course a happy ending.

Written by Jenny de Reuck, Associate Professor in Theatre and Drama at Murdoch University, and director of this magical production, the hour-long performance takes place in medieval Europe where, with help from the Wandering Minstrel, the audience will take a journey back in time, into a world where an evil duke reigns.

The Minstrel's Tale is a rich medieval tapestry, telling a story of peasants and princesses, dragons and unicorns, monks and nuns, hunters and peasants. There are musicians and strolling players and a conflict between good and evil that shows how difficulties may be met and overcome.

The play is being produced and performed by Murdoch University undergraduates who are studying for a BA in Theatre and Drama. The semester-long unit in children’s theatre culminates in these performances, for which they will be assessed. Honours and postgraduate students are also participating with many fulfilling a mentoring role to the undergraduate students.

“The skills set they can acquire includes lighting and sound design, set-design, costume and props design and creation. This is in addition to the usual development of the group as actors,” explained Jenny.

“I can see this year’s performances being some of the best yet. And most of our school sessions have already sold out.”

The production is scheduled for a season in the University’s own Nexus Theatre, and there will be weekday performances for local primary school students.

There are five public performances, taking place on Friday, May 27 (6:30pm); Saturday, May 28 (2pm, and 6:30pm) as well as Sunday, May 29 (10.30am and 1.30pm).

Tickets at $10 per person are selling fast so book now to avoid disappointment.

Bookings can be made via phone  on 9360 2504 or via email.

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