Beware kids, be good to your parents and don’t run away otherwise you may go home with a few nightmares about the wicked child stealing Stromboli (Paul Capsis)! The children’s classic story by Carlo Colladi of the little wooden boy Pinocchio (Nathan O’Keefe) made by the toymaker Gepetto (Alirio Zavarace) has been given a good shaking up with lots of modern twists!. Pinocchio is not content to be the much loved wooden boy child of his singe parent dad Gepetto and instead has to play class clown, demand expensive sneakers and then rebel and run off to explore the world, breaking his fathers heart in the process. Along the way he meets Foxy (Luke Joslin) and Kitty Poo (Jude Henshall) who are also seeking money, power and fame. They all fall into the clutches of the evil powerbroker and child stealer Stromboli and end up on his Playland island where they realise that money, power and fame are perhaps not all they are cracked up to be and honest friendship and love are to be truly cherished. This is a dark story with dangers lurking behind every part of the wildly revolving set (Jonathan Oxlade). Directed by Rosemary Myers and co written by Myers and Julianne O’Brien, this show has EVERY thing but the kitchen sink! Digital imagery (Chris More), revolving stage, a fulcrum, delightful puppetry of the illuminated cricket conscience, groovy music and songs with subtle and not so subtle adult references!. At just over two hours (with an interval) it is a fairly long time for kids and parents to invest but it is worth it and it is definitely for the 7+ group. Tickets $40-$70. Drama Theatre Opera House

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