The Luck Child is a one-man tour de force for young children which will also give their parents plenty of laughs.
The talented David Collins (one half of the popular local comedy duo The Umbilical Brothers) brings his energetic and often manic charm to a very funny fairytale which tells the story of the seventh son of a seventh son, the Luck Child, who is destined to become king.
You could say that The Luck Child is Monty Python’s Holy Grail for the young. Yes, it’s that much absurd fun.
Using a clever and dynamic set made out of simple cardboard, Collins takes on the persona of several characters in hilarious fashion; there are no extra props, just his ability to mimic any sound effect you can think of. He is a virtual human sound-effects machine.
From the wise but eccentric wizard, to the cranky and clumsy old king, the rather gullible Luck Child himself, a circus monkey fired out of a cannon and the show-stealing first-time trapeze artists, there is so much packed into this 40-minute show that parents won’t need to worry about their children becoming bored.
The laughs start from the first minute and never let up. Children and parents alike crack up in unison at Collins’ craziness. I found myself wanting the show to go on.
With the circus scene a highlight, it’s easy to see why The Luck Child was voted the best children’s production in the Sydney Theatre Awards. Do yourself a favour and take your children to see this great show – you’ll feel lucky you did.
The Luck Child is playing at the Royalty Theatre (10am performances) until March 16. It is recommended for children aged 4-10.
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