Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! It’s Superman – well not exactly – it’s the Superhero Training Academy and it comes to Bondi Beach these school holidays. Perfect for budding superheroes in the five to 11 age range, recruits can expect a 90-minute narrative-driven workshop covering the basics of how to move, act and rap like a superhero. Of course no superhero would be complete without their very own DIY superhero costume, which is (incredibly) part of the deal.
Passing down the accumulated wisdom of the ages are a variety of lesser known – or was that ‘never were’ – superheroes. While admittedly not quite household names, the likes of Catman, Collateral Glamage, Miss Menagerie and Obsoleto (aka Obsolete Technology Guy) have more than enough experience to fire up young imaginations.
A superhero without an archenemy is, well, unemployed, but there’s no need to fear. Rumour has it that the bad guys are actually hiding within their own ranks, giving these young protégés plenty of opportunity to test their newfound skills. Promoting the tenants of the Superhero Training Academy – bravery, individuality and tolerance in the fight for good – they just might save the world. (GW)
Sep 30 – Oct 4, Bondi Pavilion Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach, $25 (accompanying adults free), rocksurfers.org/superhero