Baobab, by Hélène Ducharme
In this story, inspired by West African legends, an ancient baobab tree stands tall amidst a persistent drought. One day the tree brings forth an egg and from the egg is born a little boy. The villagers recognize that this little boy is the only one who can undertake the quest to bring water back to the land. But there are three formidable tasks to be completed before success is possible. Can a little boy change the history of the world? Using puppetry, masks, and percussion rhythms, Baobab makes powerful change come to life.
Théâtre Motus' acclaimed production of Baobab (with the collaboration of Mali's Thátre Sô) has had over 550 performances across North America. It won Toronto's Dora Award for best TYA (children's theatre) production, and was the runner-up for the Victor Prize at IPAY, North America's premier showcase of children's theatre.
Cast size: 4 performers including 1M, 1M or F, and 2 musicians.
"In short, this Baobab is thoroughly delightful. You’ll thank your children for being born and allowing you to be part of this heart-warming celebration!”
– Le Devoir
Excerpts from the Théâtre Motus production, written and directed by Hélène Ducharme.