Aesop’s Fabulous Foibles and Fables.
Aesop’s Fabulous Foibles and Fables is a play for a universal audience based on the stories of Aesop. The main target group is from 5 up to 11 but it also works very well with a mixed audience. It was writen by Jack Healy and George Hanover and has come out of the Working Actors Workshop of Theatre Makers Ltd. It has toured extensively throughout the country and had a prestigious invitation to The Irish Cultural Centre in Paris last year. It enjoyed two sell out runs in Cork last year, firstly at the Firkin Crane and secondly at the Half moon theatre of the Cork Opera house.
It is about an hour long and involves four performers and the minimum of set. It focuses on five of the best known stories, the Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Crow, The Lion and the Mouse. The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. It involves plenty of singing, (all original songs), lots of good fun, based on Aesop’s unique take on the human condition and plenty of audience involvement.
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LOGISTICAL REQUIREMENTS. The performance set up needs 5m * 5m. There are no special lighting requirements and no sound requirements. It takes about 45 minutes to set up and 30 minutes to strike.
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Review. Irish Examiner. 20 Aug. 2009.
Gougane Barra Hotel, Co Cork.
Performed in a marquee in the grounds of the Gougane Barra Hotel as part of the Theatre by the Lake season of plays, this production by Cork based Working Actors Wrokshop is playful and inventive. It draws from fables credited to slave and story teller, Aesop, who lived in ancient Greece. The stories, originally aimed at the moral education of children, have been adapted by the cast with a narrative connecting such well-known fables as the fox and the crow, the lion and the mouse the tortoise and the hare, the wolf in sheep’s clothing and the boy who cried wolf.
While the moral in the story centred around the importance of not judging a book by its cover, is pointed out to the children in the audience, there is nothing dull or didactic about this play. If any thing it is relatively sophisticated and would probably be lost on very young children. However even the tiny tots in the audience were eager participants in the unfolding of the drama, responding to the actors questions, laughing at the commedy, and siding with what innitially appeared to be the loosers in this tale.
Every school going child is aware of the saying, ’empty vessels make most noise’. The empty vessel in this play is the hare who, played with zest by George Hanover is loud, boastful and quite clueless. The framework of the play is a race between the hare and the dogged tortoise. There is also a capella singing of hillbilly-type songs composed by the resourceful cast.