BBC1 Music judge fine tunes Baboon

Posted on 02/05/18 by St Mary’s and All Saints Church

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BBC1 Music Judge fine tunes Baboon
New musical for children + 5, about climate change to feature star Judge from BBC1 ALL TOGETHER
NOW. Wandsworth Fringe Festival. May 4 – 20, 2018
Across three weekends in spring St Mary’s, Putney Bridge will witness a climatic finale between a baboon out of
tune with the times and a goddess, played music judge from BBC1 All Together now Melissa Veszi. The childrens
musical Baba the Bad Baboon, written and directed by Sani Muliaumaseali’i is part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe
May 4 -20 and presented by the GAFA Arts Collective (GAC). A cautionary tale about the environment and of good
versus evil ‘Baba is a piece for the whole family with a fantastic story line that relates to what’s happening in the
world today’ says Veszi. The Canadian national. has performed regularly with the GAC since 2016 and was instantly
drawn to the strong female character ‘I want girls to see that you can be fierce and strong, and remain nurturing,
and to believe in yourself. The GAC creative director, (Londons first Samaon arts collective) Sani Muliaumasealii
wants audiences to be concious of power of choice ‘The choices we make daily can have far reaching effects -
Just look at what some of our choices are doing to the planet’ he passionately says. Inspiration for the musical
came when the GAC represented Samoa at the 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam. ‘I heard several first-hand
accounts of the consequences of climate change, plastic pollution and rising sea levels, I felt compelled to write
something to create awareness for future generations’ The casting of child actor Nikoo Saeki as Cestor the crab
helper to the goddess ensures an intergenerational shift for overseeing her movement on Baba is her mother and
former West Emd Lion King dancer Miwa Saeki. As is often with GAFA productions, Baba is a family affair. (GAFA
means family in Samoan) The songs written by Muliaumasealii are being recorded and features The B triple C
(Brentford childrens community choir) led by the composers’ cousin Aivale Cole. Music producer Zayne Gawanab
also working on the EP is married to Veszi. ‘We’ve had a blast recording the catchy songs in our home studio ’ he
says. The EP is due for release in May and will be available from and the usual online outlets. The
GAFA family continues to grow, with local childrens art school the Lavender Leonardo’s helping bring Baba to life
by creating props from recycled materials. The participation of the art school and choir seem particularly apt ‘By
choosing to help create ‘Baba the Bad Baboon’ they’re also choosing to support the show’s message of global
unity and hope for the future – it’s all about our choices’ says Muliaumaseali’i. NOTE: Due to the unexpected
withdrawal of the actor who was to play Baba, the eponymous anti hero, will now be played by Sani
Muliaumaseali’i. A seasoned international perfomer of opera and musicals, Sani has also worked in childrens
theatre with seasons at the Polka and The Little Angel theatres in London.
‘Baba the Bad Baboon’
Wandsworth Fringe Festival May 5 -20 2018
Written and directed by Sani Muliaumaseali’i
Perfs dates - various times: May 5/6/7 12/13 19/20 check website for deails.
Venue: The Tent, St Mary’s, Putney Bridge SW15 1SZ
Tickets: £5.50 Children under 10yrs
FULL £ 15.00 & £12.00 (Concession) +£1.50 booking fee
Box office: 0207 223 2223 Battersea Arts Centre
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Presented by the GAFA Arts Collective (GAC) &Clearpoint /Fragility TAKEOVER

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