Join Eric on an epic quest to coolness
AUDIENCES are invited to delve into a world of mayhem this September as THAT Production Company brings Michael Gerard Bauer's Eric Vale, Epic Fail to the stage as part of the 2015 StoryArts Festival Ipswich at Studio 188.
The book, which has delighted children and families since 2012 ,follows Eric Vale and his quest to rid himself of his new nickname, Epic Fail.
THAT Production Company artistic director Timothy Wynn said as well as a long list of unlucky blunders, Eric's very active imagination often takes him on super-sized action adventures with Secret Agent Derek "Danger" Dale, so shaking the nickname proves to be a struggle.
Mr Wynn is directing, designing and co-writing the play and says with huge hurdles, including school bullies, deadly piranha, microphone mishaps, rogue guinea pigs, well-meaning mums, terrifying teachers and super villain Dr Evil MacEvilness, Eric and Derek will have to pull out a few nifty tricks to achieve an epic win.
"Eric Vale is a lovable kid, but he's also really flawed, which makes him a lot of fun to work with," he said.
"It's both challenging and really enjoyable finding ways to theatricalise Eric's journey and the tangents of his imagination.
"There are a lot of laughs and action scenes in the show, but there's also a lot of heart, and I think everyone can identify with Eric's journey.
"Finding courage and pride in yourself is something everyone struggles with."
StoryArts Festival director Jenny Stubbs said more than 40 authors and illustrators would be at the festival this year.
"As well as THAT Production Company's Eric Vale, Epic Fail, we also welcome bestselling author Andy Griffiths, magic performances by Geoffrey McSkimming and Sue-Anne Webster and we're introducing a new free program for after school including a ninja party," she said.
Three shows of Eric Vale, Epic Fail will be performed over two nights in September 11-12 at Studio 188 in Ipswich.
Tickets cost $35 for adults, $27 for concession, $20 for youth under 25 and $15 for children.
Family packages cost $85 each.
To book tickets or for more information, visit thatproductioncompany.com.au