A town where nobody goes out of doors and nobody ever breaks the rules. Well, that’s until a ten year old girl called G takes matters into her own hands.
A Dutch production called ‘The Secret of Q’, which explores the boundaries between safety and captivity and overprotection for children, comes to the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge next Tuesday and Wednesday, June 3 and 4.
Using puppets, cameras and projections, Het Fillial’s production recreates an Orwellian world where the boss of a city controlls everyone’s lifek, out of a misguided sense of duty, and tells the story of how one child tries to break free.
Ramses Graus, the writer and performer of the work, says he was inspired by the ‘health and safety’ culture in the UK and Ireland, in comparison with the Netherlands, especially where children are concerned.
“I’m a parent with two kids, aged 9 and 11, and I think it’s about finding a balance between safety for kids, and happiness. Danger is always there if you look for it.”
He bemoans the fact that many children now don’t climb trees or do cartwheels, because it’s considered dangerous.
“Children relate to the show. We find that sometimes they don’t know how to experience fear and danger in everyday life,” he said.
The show uses a miniature city, created with a projector and models, to create the world from which the characters want to escape.
The Secret of Q is at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, on Tuesday, June 3rd at 12pm and 6:30pm and on Wednesday, June 4th at 10am & 12:15pm
Tickets are €8. (Suitable for 7+yrs)