Hope Street Physical Theatre
13th April 2006
The Enchantment is a charming tale which contains magic, adventure and
intrigue. The play – designed to appeal to young people aged 7 to
11 – is set in ancient China and follows the adventure of a young
man called Kabu and his monkey Chicari.
The evil emperor Ashii is poisoning the river which the villagers drink
from and is turning them all into his slaves. It is up to Kabu and Chicari
to journey across the land to reach the yo-soda tree and collect its flowers
- the only thing that can restore the river and set the villagers free.
Along the way, Kabu and Chicari have daring fights with the emperor, meet
a giraffe and a lion, cross rope bridges and enter dark and dangerous
There is very little dialogue in this production but the varied emotions
and atmospheres are convincingly delivered through puppetry and well-crafted
physical theatre. The various scene changes are established through simple
light changes and resourceful use of a black satin sheet.
The Enchantment will be touring schools in Merseyside between May 15th
and 26th before it is performed at the Ordu International Children’s
Theatre Festival in Turkey.