Simón El Topo is a magical puppet show from Peru which challenges how society views sexual identity and opens up discussions about gender stereotypes and homophobia.
It is a joyful hymn to freedom and a theatrical delight for both children and adults that encourages understanding and acceptance of difference. Simón lives in a tunnel with his family and loves flowers, butterflies and finding things in the clouds. He doesn’t understand that there are “things for boys” and “things for girls” and is sad when he realizes he is not as his parents and others expect him to be. When events send Simón on the most important journey of his life, he gains the strength and security he needs to become a hero by just being himself.
Performed in the international language of Mole and presented by Outburst for the first time this side of the equator, Teatro La Plaza’s magical puppet show is like nothing you’ve ever seen before and the perfect tool for starting conversations with children about homophobia and gender stereotypes.
Both shows will be followed by a child-friendly Q&A with the puppets and actors. On Sunday this will be followed by a short discussion on how we address homophobia with children, with contributions from The Rainbow Project and HereNI.
This production is in Collaboration with British Council in Northern Ireland and Peru, Outburst Queer Arts Festival, and Teatro La Plaza.
Showtime approx. 45 mins
WHEN: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th November, 5pm
WHERE: Black Box
Adult £10, Child £5, Family ticket £22, No Income FREE*
*See ticket link for details