What: Silly Galahs
Where: Various locations
Genre: Children’s / Music
(Reviewed by Sarah List)
I’ve been keen to check out a few kid friendly events at the fringe for all the Eventalaide followers who have little ones and might actually like to do something with them.
Being someone who has no human kids of their own (and most venues won’t let you take dogs), I borrowed my professional reviewing assistants Agnes (8, cat-lover) and Felicity (6, adventure-seeker) so I wasn’t the weird adult on their own.
Silly Galahs is the brainchild of Claire Gurry and David Cronin, who have a lengthy background in writing, performance and music for children. They are taking the performance of puppetry, singing, and dance all over Adelaide for the convenience of parents everywhere.
Silly Galahs includes songs about Australian wildlife, environmental issues like saving water and the bendiness of bananas. It took a couple of songs to warm up the little crowd, but as soon as there were puppets and twirling ribbons to play with, there was plenty of engagement as they acted out the songs.
What kind of age group would like this event? My 6yo companion was shy but sang along and performed all the actions with great enthusiasm. My 8yo (going on 16yo) tried to pretend she was much too old and mature for it all, but she did cave into the temptation to join in the rainbow song, and the rendition of Twinkle Twinkle with hand bells. The other kids were in the range of maybe 18 months to 6 and all had a fabulous time. Once the join in activities were brought out, David and Claire really had them up and into the performance.
This is a nice little activity for the smaller children. Perhaps with the older ones it might not be quite the kind of entertainment that they are into, depending on their relative interests.