Potato Needs A Bath scrubs up for Awesome Festival


Shona Reppe with Potato.
Shona Reppe with Potato.

IT may have been delirium from the lack of sleep a mother of a six month old and three year old functions on, but Scottish performer Shona Reppe knows how to create a highly imaginative show.

The evidence is in her 2008 production Potato Needs A Bath which she will present at Awesome International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things, October 3 to 7.

“I came up with the title after imagining a potato sitting in a bread tin being scrubbed with a toothbrush,” Reppe said from her home near Edinburgh.

“I was immersed in that world of bath time, feeding, nappies; it made sense to make a show around these familiar routines and I’ve toured it all over the world.

“It’s a tiny, gentle and fun play for three to five year olds (and their parents) about a lady and her fruit and vegetable friends.”

Potato Needs A Bath follows the story of a bunch of fruit and vegetables going to a party where everyone is ready, except Potato who loves to play in the mud and needs a bath.

Reppe, who grew up in Aberdeen, said the play was all about the daily routine children could understand and relate to.

“They see themselves in it and I hopefully make them and their families laugh,” she said.

“I know for a fact that children extend the experience by taking potatoes in to the bathroom, and like me, they can spot new friends in the supermarket.

“I have always loved the theatre… I love making worlds and stepping in to them to share with my audiences. It’s a job I didn’t imagine but now can’t imagine doing anything else.”

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Potato Needs A Bath

Where: Art Gallery of WA Theatrette

When: October 3 to 7

Tickets: www.trybooking.com/QLDE