OLD SCHOOL MAGIC:  Loose Ends  performer Jens Altheimer, technician Chris Bennett with   Warwick Arts Council president Lynda Hemmings and member Barbara Schmoelzer.
OLD SCHOOL MAGIC: Loose Ends performer Jens Altheimer, technician Chris Bennett with Warwick Arts Council president Lynda Hemmings and member Barbara Schmoelzer. Chris Lines

Kids treated to old-school entertainment

IT IS easy for today's youngsters to become overwhelmed with technology, but yesterday some old-school magic at Kings Theatre helped them switch off and slow down.

Loose Ends is a one-man production constructed and performed by Jens Altheimer, which aims to teach kids the value of friendship and admitting wrongdoing.

It follows a lonely inventor who tries to organise his life, including his love, pain and friends, into boxes.

Mr Altheimer said the performance is surprisingly autobiographical.

"The show was born out of me spending too much time on my own,” he said.

Starting off as a circus performer, Mr Altheimer then moved on to the art of mime until he eventually made it to the big stages.

He said the rush had yet to wear off. "I have been doing this for many years, travelled all over the country and I still find it exciting to watch kids admire the fantasy.”

Mr Altheimer's show is interactive to the core and around 300 kids from Warwick East and Glennie Heights were practically falling over each other for a chance to assist the wacky inventor.

President of the Warwick Arts Council Lynda Hemmings said the show was a breath of fresh air for the children. "There was a group of kids who told their teacher they had never seen a play before, this is the real deal when it comes to entertainment,” Ms Hemmings said.

After saying goodbye to his new flock of adoring fans, Mr Altheimer said the key to engaging a youthful audience was keeping it playful.

"Irreverence is very important,” he said.

"Children react to authenticity, and they love to meet people who are like them.”



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