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The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast

A TALENTED City of Swan resident Annika Moses will hit the stage with other gifted musicians to perform a musical and poetic show as part of the Fringe World festival in Perth.

The 18-year-old Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) student will appear in the first ever live show of The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast which is as a performance of the 1975 studio album of the same name, inspired by the illustrated children’s book.

The history of The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast spans over three centuries, dating back to 1807 with a collection of children’s verse written by William Roscoe.

In 1973, seminal visual artist Alan Aldridge collaborated with poet William Plomer to create a book of entirely new verse and psychedelic illustrations inspired by the original poetry.

The book won the Whitbread Children’s book of the year and Moses said it was exciting to be playing this music in 2017. She said studying at WAAPA has given her the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented group of young musicians for this project and she has gathered a 12 person ensemble.

The ensemble also has a run at the Paper Mountain venue, upstairs on William St in Northbridge. Moses said Paper Mountain hosted a lot of poetry events, giving young poets the opportunity to perform professionally.

Performances at Paper Mountain are at 8pm, Friday 17, Saturday 18, and Sunday 19 February. Buy tickets at www.fringeworld.com.au, Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, plus an online booking fee.

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