Friday, 28 July 2017

The Wonderful Dramaturgy of Lapin: Tania Czajka @ Edfringe 2017

Le Petit Monde presents 
by Tania Czajka and Alasdair Satchel 
Performed by Tania Czajka Direction by Alasdair Satchel. 

Set design by Iain Halket. Lighting design by George Tarbuck Sound design and composition by Nik Paget-Tomlison and Niroshini Thambar. 

3 - 27 August 2017 (preview: 3 August; no shows 16-18 and 21-25 August) Scottish Storytelling Centre – 10.30am (50 mins)
This delightful bilingual one-woman children’s show featuring live puppetry is the perfect opportunity to introduce very young children to learning an all-important second language

 Narrated in English with French sentences, The Wonderful World of Lapin is a fun and heart-warming bilingual piece of theatre, accessible to all non-French speakers. 

It is aimed specifically at children aged 3-8 although it has delighted audiences of other ages and is an engaging experience for the whole family. 

Tania has just arrived from Paris for a very special occasion: the world's tastiest carrot competition! 

In her trunk, she carries her very own garden, from which a whole world is revealed... a world of Tania's animal friends, each of them desperate for a taste of her prize carrot. Welcome to the wonderful world of Lapin!

What was the inspiration for this performance?

Children I was working with. Also the little worlds my brother and I use to create when we were wee.  
And a fantastic children's programme on French tv called 'L'ile aux Enfants', which was an imaginary world on its own but with real people in it.

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? 

Of course, I i think it will always be.

How did you become interested in making performance?

My love for sharing all the good things inside me: hope, quirkiness, humour, love... and my native French language.

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?

 I would say to follow your heart and your vision. I have been doing so for the past 10 years and it led to the creation of the show quite quickly because all the elements were inside me. The wonderful director Alasdair Satchel understood very well what i was trying to achieve so it worked out perfectly.

Does the show fit with your usual productions?

 I would say the show is the result of my hard working years. It represents a new start for the company.

What do you hope that the audience will experience?

A sense of magic, hope, feeling good. Some giggles. And a few French words in their pockets. 

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?

We wanted the audience to enter the French world of Tania and Lapin effortlessly and have a fun time so we worked hard on every aspect of the show (designs, character development, script) to make this possible.
It is children's theatre with a French twist in it.

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