DUCKIE

Created by Le Gateau Chocolat

Developed and Produced by In Company Collective

DUCKIE engages in conversations around difference, race, size and sexuality with family audiences. LGC articulates and embodies ‘blackness’, as both cause and consequence of discrimination. His multifarious experience of discrimination, including mental healthsexuality, and size/body shape, gives him a unique perspective on stigma and empathy, and through DUCKIE LGC explores the 'othered' body in a way that is accessible for children.

DUCKIE represents LGC’s commitment to finding new methods for art to communicate difficult ideas to very young audiences and will feed into the further development of his work for children.

 

A Sing-A-Long Review of DUCKIE by Maddy Costa

Instructions:
1: play Danny Kaye’s version of The Ugly Duckling Song
2: Sing along (go on, be silly)

There once was a cabaret singer
with baritone spicy and warm
And the parents who saw his show was for kids
said: get out of town!
How will
this work?
A show for kids?

So Le Gateau Chocolat came on with a woolly hat
and a tatty old coat of brown.

That gorgeous cabaret singer
performed all on his own
but at every moment dogged
by a stern instructor’s voice
saying: dress up right now.
Do this,
do that,
stop messing around.
So he took on every role
from a peacock to a lion
and he made the smaller kids laugh.

But all through the narrative
he touched with such grace
on very potent themes
(picked up by the bigger kids):
the flamingoes were racist,
the elephants homophobic,
and all were body-shaming – but very soon agreed
you’re a very fine singer indeed!

Show tunes? 80s pop? Ah, go on!
But yes – there was even
Four Women by Nina Simone!
reshaped to suit the story!
And the parents said
this is brilliant! Wheeeeeeeeee!

It’s true, he was an ugly duckling
at least the folks he grew up with thought
(for in fact in Black, made for adults, he told
the same story
more glum
and blue
of rejection).

But he’s found, for children, a tone so light
with a daffy way to play
(although a partner would be fun)
And a take-home thought so wise.

Say who’s a major fangirl?
Yes I!
Yes I!

See it in Exeunt Magazine

Press

Adelaide Fringe Review of Duckie in The Upside News by Matthew Trainor

The West Australian News commented on the potential of Duckie during a run early on

LGC speaks with Glam Adelaide in an interview on his "Fringe Takeover" with Duckie

'Duckie' is his first foray into children’s theatre, is toned down sequins-wise, and has a powerful message that most wish we grew up with: be who you are, and be proud of it", says Jade Cornish in a review from Scenestr

Entertainment Hive speaks about the tenderness of Duckie, reviewing an early iteration of the show

A glowing review from Pulse Festival in Ipswich, written by The Reviews Hub

Maddy Costa interviews LGC about DUCKIE, BLACK, and how he is always in "some sort of exhausting drag" for Exeunt Magazine

LIVE AUDIENCE REACH TO DATE  - 

Performances to date have taken place at - 

SOUTHBANK CENTRE, London


What Our Audiences are Saying

"Much like there are moments in history, such as the assassination of Kennedy, when people are said to recall where they are, so it is that occasionally in theatre you witness the birth of a show that is destined to become something that is talked about for years...In Le Gateau Chocolat’s Duckie, a vivid re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, however, we are witness to something truly remarkable." - The Reviews Hub

"It’s rare to find a children’s show that is so densely packed with ideas, while also remaining accessible, but Duckie manages to pull this off." - Review from The Upside News

 

Nancy from the Little Garden Gazette gives a 20 Star review for DUCKIE by Le Gateau Chocolat!