By BRUCE DENNILL
Peter And The Wolf / Directed by Elizma Badenhorst / Studio, Pieter Torien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg 7
Originally conceived in 1936 by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, in response to a commission by the director of Moscow’s Central Children’s Theatre, Peter And The Wolf was designed to help introduce young audiences to the instruments of the orchestra, and to help embed Soviet values of the time.
This version by VR Theatricals has had some of the harder edges taken off the original, with none of the characters getting eaten, the hunters and their guns being replaced by two naughty children and a box trap, and the wolf receiving rather gentler treatment than it did 80 years ago.
This more moderate approach is no less entertaining, and it’s certainly that case that contemporary children are less likely, as a group, to aspire to being a self-sufficient Young Pioneer (the Soviet equivalent of the…
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