Snail trail popular with Campaspe kids

Drawing a crowd: A giant snail, ridden by an impish forest dwelling character, drew a crowd in Moore and Gillies Sts, Rochester, on Friday. Kinetic Theatre’s Gastropodia roving walkabout was one of many winter holiday entertainment options offered by the Campaspe Shire last week.

Gigantic hairy snails made their way through Campaspe Shire towns last week as part of the winter holiday program offerings available to children during the school break.

Internationally-acclaimed theatre company, Kinetic Theatre, was responsible for the appearance of the snails as part of Gastropodia, a roving walkabout, in Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester and Rushworth.

Originating on the streets of Fremantle in 1996, Kinetic is now based in Melbourne, and consists of a versatile troupe of performers whose training includes mime, stage acting, physical theatre, puppetry, improvisation, clowning and costume design.

The eclectic skills of performers have been combined to produce a variety of original shows and several commissioned performances in Australia and abroad.

The company has been invited to festivals and events in Japan, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand and throughout Europe.

Winter holiday activities continue this week in Rochester, with a two-hour texta tie-dye activity station at Wirima Rotary Park on Wednesday, July 6, at 9.30am.

On Thursday, from 10am to 11.30am, children could meet the animals at the Wirima park, while on Friday, from noon, head along to the pop-up outdoor cinema at the Rochester silos, featuring Sing 2.

At the Rochester library, a dream catcher-making session is on Wednesday, July 6, from 2pm.

On Thursday at 2.30pm make your own dot pictures and on and Friday at 10am settle in for rhyme time.