We are Amelia Evans and Dan Giovannoni. We’ve been making theatre together since 2011 when our show CUT SNAKE was born, won awards, toured the country, and was performed to thousands.
MAD AS A CUTE SNAKE is a sort-of-sequel to that show, but this time for kids – small ones, six year old ones – because we think kids deserve our whacked out brand of humour just as much as adults.
It’s about one little kid – Cardigan Coriander Turner – who goes on an epic adventure from suburban Melbourne to the Daintree rainforest to save the family’s pet snake Trix from certain tragedy.
A LITTLE GIRL CALLED CARDIGAN
We’re putting this show on because it’s the show we wish we’d seen as kids.
We wrote MAACS because we realised that the movies we loved as kids, like Up or The Lion King or Toy Story, are almost entirely without female characters – and the ones that are there only exist to support the male hero.
MAACS flip this idea on it’s head, taking one little girl out of her comfort zone (and liberating her from gender stereotypes) and into the starring role of her own superhero story. Along the way she is supported by a host of colourful sidekicks: a camel who dreams of being a bird, a ruthless baby pirate called Captain Dimplybum, Trix the snake, as well as her cabaret-sensation mum Kiki Coriander and Olympic-fencer-turned-fence-fixer dad James Turner.
This strange and wonderful show is about friendship, family and radical self acceptance. Our aim is to show our audience, both young and old, that having the courage to be yourself – whatever that may be – is what being a superhero is all about.
This show is a true labour of love. We believe this project has the power to impact all the kids who come to see it – so we are producing it independently with the intention of touring in 2020 and beyond.
To get the show up we’re aiming to raise $4000. Your donations will help us realise our set and costume design, and help us keep tickets for kids cheap, ensuring as many young people as possible see this important work.
Amelia Evans and Dan Giovannoni – Co-writers and Directors
Tom Hogan – Sound Designer and Composer
Matilda Woodroofe – Set and Costume Designer
Charles Purcell – Performer
Julia Billington – Performer