Brighton Fringe 2008
Scamp Theatre and Bristol Old Vic
Venue: Komedia, 25th May
Festival: Brighton Fringe
Three actors and a one-man-band combine with a host of colourful characters to magically recreate the most enchanting stories ever told. Fantastic family entertainment for everyone
Children’s theatre, when done properly, can be such a refreshing experience, and especially when it comes in the latter stage of quite a long Festival Fringe! The award winning Scamp Theatre Company performed their production of Michael Morpurgo’s adaptation of Aesop’s Fables to a busy family audience upstairs at the Komedia.
The production design was minimalistic, a bare stage with a couple of step ladders, but with imaginative use of a sparse range of props and items of costume the company proved more than capable of creating vivid and memorable stage images, perfect for the family audience. The charming way in which they turned everyday objects into all manner of puppet creatures with the help of live sound effects connected with the children in the audience, who were in stitches, especially when the donkey was unveiled.