Written and directed by Emma Davis, the story follows the two gardeners Squisher and Squasher who work in Princess Charlotte’s royal garden.
Both have inquisitive minds, love discovering new things and, with Princess Charlotte’s guidance, approach the world with childlike wonder and enthusiasm.
After working in children’s entertainment for eight years, Davis became interested in creating productions that were fun for children while also entertaining for adults.
‘I have always been interested in music and creating my own music,’ the former WAAPA student said.
‘Squisher and Squasher gave me the opportunity to put my music skills to work while creating something children could enjoy.
‘As adults, we tend to forget it’s OK to dance, sing out loud, learn new things and be silly sometimes,’ she said.
Involved in theatre since 2005, Davis has performed with the Old Mill, Playlovers, Roleystone and Kwinana theatres and has twice been nominated for the Yvonne Lynch Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2009 and 2010 Finley Awards.
‘One of the hardest things with this show is how much the script relies on a happy and interactive audience,’ she said.
‘There are a lot of places for the actors to interact with the children and I never know what the children are going to say or do.’
Squisher and Squasher: The Great Bug Hunt plays at 10am and 1pm, July 8-13. Book at http://www.try|booking.com/50961
The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on Mends Street, South Perth, opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post.