Xola and the Rabbit
This is a brand new African musical theatre production, produced by Spanish-African musician, Pedro Espi Sanchis and puppeteer, Gary Friedman for the 23rd International Children's and Youth Festival in Hamadan, Iran in December 2016.
This interactive musical production focuses on the adventures of two main characters, Xola and the Rabbit. Xola is a young Xhosa boy living in a rural village, who hunts for rabbits. One day the rabbit he is hunting defends himself by turning the boy’s bow into a musical instrument. The boy is so entranced by the music he can make with his bow that he closes his eyes to hear the music better and does not notice the Rabbit running away.
The show combines paper puppets, shadows, live music and performance and uses a language of sound and mime with real African instruments made and played live on stage. You can view a short 'Behind the Scenes' of putting together this piece in Melbourne, by clicking here!