Monday 27 February 2017

A Peter Rabbit Tale - Review

We caught the Tale of Peter Rabbit by SRT over the weekend. A tale specially curated to spin out of its original version, to bring in values and importance of family.

Peter is one rabbit who causes nothing but trouble with his constant mischief. His Mum had warned him about staying away from Mr McGregor's garden, but long ears apparently don't signify obeying ears. Peter sneaked into Mr McGregor's garden to steal some food. It was a narrow escape that he got away with only his jacket pulled off by MrGregor. This was one hilarious scene in the play, when the chasing was emphasized with the casts doing the slow motion run.

Afraid of what his Mother might say, the only option for Peter was to leave home. While searching for the wonderful freedom of being himself, he explored and met new friends along his journey. He met some squirrels whom he thought he could be part of them. Only to realise, they are still largely different. No matter how hard he tried, he has no love for nuts.

Then he continued his journey to find 'home'. Met some nice mice who taught him some skills on sewing. Still, no matter how hard he tried, he wasn't never part of them. He left and continued finding that warm ideal home of his.

It was only when he met a hip and funky hedgehog that things started to turn a little soft and speak sense into him. He knew life wasn't that bad at home, his sisters whom he always squabble with weren't that mean after all. And Mum nagged because she cared!

The kids and I specially loved Mr Hedgehog's role. A funky chap that's bound to send the kids laughing and rolling in their seats. 

By chance Mr Hedgehog runs a laundry business and on hand, needs to deliver a couple of washed laundry. Peter, trying to find acceptance, offered to deliver them. In midst, he found a parcel that was addressed to his home! It took him some long while before making a decision to deliver that parcel and return home.

What an adventure Peter had in trying to find acceptance elsewhere!

Everything else was history when he returned. He saw how much his sisters loved him and with much guilt, learnt that his Mum cried to bed every night since he left. Nothing beats coming back to home! Home is love and home is acceptance. While he didn't like doing the chores in the home, he knew every member in the family has a responsibility of up keeping the home.

This heart-warming play is colourful and lively with catchy tunes that will keep the little ones swaying. We were very well entertained, even Juboy sat through it! It is a 50 minutes play that's easily digested for anyone above 2 years old.

While stage props and costumes seemed to have downplayed in compared to previous productions, the essence is very meaningful and flavourful. We love the learnt values out of it. Most importantly, leaving home is never an option.

This is a great tale well adapted from book to stage. Catch it before it closes on 14 April 17. SRT's lobby is newly refurbished, bright and seemingly more spacious. I have to say, we love its new look!

A Peter Rabbit Tale
28 Feb (Fri) to 14 Apr (Fri) 2017

Weekends and Public Holiday : 11am and 2pm
Weekdays: 10am

KC Arts Centre Home of Singapore Repertory Theatre
20 Merbau Road
Robertson Quay
Singapore 239035

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)
Weekdays: S$28, S$25
Family Package of 4: S$95 for Cat 1 tickets
Family Package of 4 (with TLC CD Vol.2): S$107 for Cat 1 tickets
Weekend and Public Holiday: S$48, S$38, S$35
Family Package of 4:
Cat 1 (with photo taking)*: $163
Cat 2 (no photo taking): $129
Family Package of 4 (with TLC CD Vol.2):
Cat 1 (with photo taking)*: $175
Cat 2 (no photo taking): $141
*Ticket includes a photo taking session with the cast in costume.
(Applicable for Weekend show only.)

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