A scene from the play Handa’s Surprise.
DOHA: Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), in partnership with the UK’s Little Angel Theatre, is presenting the puppet play Handa’s Surprise at Qatar National Theatre on Friday.
The performance is based on a much loved children’s book by Eileen Browne and has been especially crafted for young children and their families.
Browne’s story touches on themes such as friendship while stimulating inquiry and creativity. It opens up young children’s eyes to how much is out there in the world.
“Such performances stimulate curiosity and encourage young children to talk about and share their views with families and friends, creatively and critically. It is important for children to witness their counterparts outside Qatar to see how they solve problem, while encouraging youngsters in Qatar to solve their problems,” said Mazna Al Mari, QMA Museum Specialist.
The play will take visitors to Handa’s African world in Kenya as she is about to take a basket of fruits as a surprise for her best friend. As she embarks on her journey, a mischievous collection of animals has other plans for the tasty ripe fruits.
The charming tale is brought to life by two multi-talented performers who combine wooden puppets and ingenious props with African instruments and songs to create a wonderful atmosphere. “We want to create quality theatrical experiences for young children and nurture love for performance arts. We want children with their families to participate in imaginative literary experiences,” said Nasira Sheikh-Miller, QMA Head of Learning Projects.
The 30-minute play will be staged at 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm. Admission is free and doors open at 1pm. Families can also attend puppet making activities and an exhibition brought by Little Angel Theatre.