Lastega ja lastele

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Being alone is cold, together is warmer!

In January, theatre enthusiasts from various Estonian substitute homes enjoyed a playful performance Pettson and Findus at the Theatre House in Tartu. This piece was, of course, a great joy for the youngest children, and even the older ones cheered for the friendship between an artful kitten and the jolly old man, already familiar from the animated movie.

To be ready for the performance, the children enjoyed the stories of Pettson and Findus before bedtime. This story of the friendship between an old man and a cat is a favourite of many children, who can now see this friendship brought to life on the theatre stage.

The anticipation of the youngest children was great before the theatre visit on Sunday. While driving to Tartu, one family talked about friendship: who is a friend, how to behave with a friend and how to keep him or her.

Toys in the basement of the Theatre House

Most of the families were in the Theatre House for the first time. Before the performance, the exhibition of the theatre's toys and dolls in the basement was also visited. The children recognised some of the toys and dolls. The children excitedly tried out all possibilities of making hand puppets and shadow play. They learned about marionettes and looked at fascinating archaeological finds that had come out of the ground during the building of the basement; they also learned about the importance of excavating such old things and discussed what draws some people into such activity.

It was amusing

The story of Pettson and Findus starts off when the old man, Pettson, waits for birthday congratulations from his acquaintances but finds a cat behind his door instead. The cat is named Findus, and an adventure full of wild and funny things begins.

There was such a commotion on the stage that the young audience had a good laugh. Both the youngest and the foster parents enjoyed the performance: the children learned that one does not have to alone and that it is always good to have someone. Sometimes, being together can be difficult, but misunderstandings need to be resolved; being together is always better than being alone.

The performance was fun and age-appropriate, and afterwards, it was nice to analyse why the cat had so many mishaps. The children came to the conclusion that the cat did not think things through ‒ the cat wanted to act immediately, thus acted recklessly. So it was, that things did not happen as the cat had wanted.


The performance was very amusing to a 10-year-old child who did not want to come at first because they did not like events where they have to sit still for long. Eventually, they was the one laughing hardest and praising the performance.

Some teenagers also thought at first that they had nothing new to see or hear when they had already heard about it at home and viewed pictures on the Internet. However, they were very interested in the events on stage, and they enjoyed the whole performance with plenty of laughs. They later said that there could be more fun performances like this one.

The children were very proud of Ott Sepp's great role of Findus.

Oksana, who does not know how to talk, was at times very joyful. After the performance, she expressed her sincere emotion, which was unambiguous: "Awesome!"

How a kitten changes your life

Although Findus caused a lot of trouble and confusion, Pettson was very sad when he nearly lost the cat. The children learned an important thing from this theatre piece: being alone is cold, together is warmer. However, in the case of misunderstandings and quarrels, a sincere apology solves the problem.

In the course of the performance, one 2-year-old girl learned a new word "kass" (“cat”).

Still at the Toy Museum too!

At the end of the performance, the children could ask the actors for autographs and take a picture together. Oksana, who does not talk, made the actors clear about her wishes, using her hands. Kenneth, 6, also felt a lot of joy from meeting with the actors and showed the autographs to the educators several times when reaching back home.

After the performance, some families went sightseeing in Tartu, visited the Tartu Toy Museum and had fun playing in the museum's playroom.

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