Florence and Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse

Dean Balie performs in Florence and the Sugarbush Mouse at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, 03 July 2015. This family show tells the tale of a resourceful mouse who saves her town. (Photo: CuePix/ Tamani Chithambo)

Seen on July 2, 2015 @ National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

A caravan in the night lights up. Behind the scenes there is scuffing and scrambling. Two honey badgers come on stage and present themselves as Florence and Watson, Watson and Florence, husband and wife, honey badgers that love songs and storytelling.

Through songs and tales they tell of the heroic acts of the sugarbush mouse who did not feel very special but was able to do what nobody else thought of.

When the village council was called together because of an emergency all the animals made up their plans to solve the riddle of the dying Proteas and why the bees had left, overlooking the suggestions of the little mouse.

(from left) Dean Balie and Sne Dladla perform in Florence and the Sugarbush Mouse at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, 03 July 2015. This family show tells the tale of a resourceful mouse who saves her town. (Photo: CuePix/ Tamani Chithambo)
CuePix/Tamani Chithambo

Beaded animals come alive and the great adventure, also available as a children’s book, is told in many voices that are hilarious, rhymed and make you laugh every few seconds. The two actors make a lot of noise to tell their story and some of the important concepts like pollination gets lost as words come too quick and excitedly. Considering the importance of small some more consideration might be given to language development of smaller children, especially those whose home language is not English.

Human imitations and character change at high speed, crafty objects and puppets make a feel good story about the great idea of a small creature wondering what song can do. Can songs heal a man? Or in this case the national flower?

Written and directed by Rob van Vuuren and Danielle Bischoff

Featuring: Sne Dladla, Dean Balie