Enthusiasm about Theatre Play for Children
The light goes on. A big red circle decorates the stage. Brisk piano music accompanies the first actor (Mamadoo Mehrnejad) with a golden waistcoat and a pale-white painted face, who is pulling a little wooden box behind himself on a string. Bahar Sadafi, an actress, enters – with equally white, clownish makeup and bright red painted lips. Out of a red flag, she conjures a curtain, before the two performers bring their story on the stage. […]
Mamadoo Mehrnejad made the children laugh especially with his presentational play: While Bahar Sadafi tells the story of the bird in the tight wooden box, he illustrates the story with vocal sounds and gesture. […] The bird is a symbol of the freedo, for which the theatre gives space, and the box symbolizes the tightening dealing with fear.
By Sarah Hanke, Westfälischer Anzeiger, October 6th, 2020
Desire of Freedom Cannot be Caged
With the premiere of „Curtain up!”, HELIOS Theater reported back with an own production. It was originally planned as a co-production with Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust in Delhi […].
The economical décor, reduced to a movable curtain, a wooden box and a bird, was enough to illustrate the idea of the piece. […] It was not the bird’s desire of freedom but the female comprehension that living beings may not be caged, who might even die in captivity, which gave back the freedom and the community with their fellows to the bird.
This parable, played suitably for children, with a clownish humour, tells a lot about the human need of holding on to what has become dear, without asking whether it is adequate and, in this case, species-appropriate. […]
By Dierk Hartleb, Ahlener Zeitung, October 10th, 2020