THE MOUTH SHOW
The Mouth Show was Handspan Theatre's second project and the first of its theatre-in-education productions. Commissioned by the Fitzroy Community Health Centre, the show's objective was to teach primary school children how to look after their teeth. And do it without boring them.
The result was a comic puppet melodrama with an innovative set and some lively audience participation. When the Mouth yields to the blandishments of Sugar, plaque and germs move in and the teeth are in trouble. Help comes via an outsize carrot and a giant toothbrush passed along by the audience, summoning Crunch the Natural Goodness Superhero and Bristle the Fluoride Cowboy. The baddies are soon vanquished.
Initially booked to play in local schools during Fitzroy Tooth Week, The Mouth Show proved a hit with kids and educators alike. It remained in repertoire, with various cast changes, touring schools and community venues until 1980.
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