A Ghost in my Suitcase by Gabrielle WangThe flute music stops, and my breath catches in my throat. Silence falls like a veil. Then I hear something - no, I feel it in my chest. Steady yourself, Por Por whispers. Its here . . .
When Celeste travels to China to visit her grandmother, she uncovers an incredible family secret. And with this secret comes danger and adventure.
If Celeste is to save her family and friends, she must learn to harness her rare and powerful gift as a ghost-hunter. . .
From the award-winning author of The Garden of Empress Cassia
A Ghost in my Suitcase
When she arrives in China, Por Por reveals that Celeste comes from a long line of ghost hunters. Ting Ting must overcome her jealousy toward Celeste and face her dark history in order to accept Celeste as family, and to join her in a battle against evil to save Por Por. The three main players are accompanied by two ensemble members Frieda Lee and Imanuel Dado who switch between characters and assist with set changes. In the world we discover in this seamless adaptation, the hunters trap mischievous ghosts in mirrors and then keep them in a pond as fish. If the souls are evil, they are dissolved. If they are simply lost, they are attached to a lamp and sent off to the afterlife. It was such a beautiful image that I wanted it to last longer.
Before you go ghost-hunting, make sure you go to the toilet. Granny offers this and other sage advice to her granddaughter in this cross-cultural coming-of-age tale.
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The flute music stops, and my breath catches in my throat. Silence falls like a veil. Then I hear something - no, I feel it in my chest. And with this secret comes danger and adventure. If Celeste is to save her family and friends, she must learn to harness her rare and powerful gift. From the award-winning author of The Wishbird. Gabrielle Wang.
Along the way she meets her Chinese family and discovers some exciting things about herself. Static and video images are projected onto boxes of various shapes and sizes which are moved around the stage, or expand and collapse, creating a multifaceted, three dimensional set. Ching Ching Ho and Matt Edgerton co-direct the production and there were some lovely touches, for example the bike ride was delightfully contrived. In fact, in a way, it was part of the unfolding of the story. There are a few contrived moments and the representation of twelve year old innocence and jealousies can be a little forced but overall this story will appeal to a wide age range. What the story lacks in complexity, it makes up for in heart. Add to that a healthy dose of the supernatural as Celeste discovers self worth through her hereditary ability to hunt ghosts and you have a very creative and exciting new story being told.