Banana skins and orange juice aren’t the most obvious topics for literary gold – but then Tolkein was probably told the same when he decided to write about a ring.
On Sunday, Tadaa Drama Academy will be performing Cyclica and Bananadrama, two stylised plays that explore how small events can be life-changing. They have been written by Tadaa’s principal Bryony Rose de Vries for their summer show, which takes place at the Park Community Theatre, Havant.
She says: ‘Both plays explore in a comical and bittersweet way the way that life can go in circles, and that the smallest events can change your life forever, such as slipping on a banana skin. This happens in the first play written for children.
‘The play for teens looks at how the mixing up of coffee and orange juice can change the sequence of events of many people’s lives.’
In Bananadrama, slipping on a banana skin kick starts a chain of events that takes the audience to a wedding, a plane to Hong Kong, a prison cell and a film set.
Cyclica starts and ends in an airport, where drinks are muddled up and meetings are missed. Through physical theatre sequences, comedy and hard-hitting duologues the cast delve deeper into the minds of the characters.
Two groups have been working on each play.
‘Halfway through each play the “dramatic baton” is passed to the other group,’ says Bryony. ‘So the first time they all act together is when they meet on Sunday.’
Bananadrama and Cyclica will be performed on Sunday at 6pm at the Park Community Theatre in Havant.
Tickets: £8, under-16s £6. To buy visit buytickets.at/tadaa. Call 07528 875738 or visit tadaa.info to enquire about joining Tadaa.