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Duckie (Le Gateau Chocolat)

By | Published on Tuesday 14 August 2018

‘Duckie’ is Le Gateau Chocolat’s first show for children, an updated version of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Ugly Duckling’, featuring classic pop songs with a hilarious twist (‘Flamingos Just Wanna Have Fun’ is the most memorable) and a glittering performance. Gateau’s rich vocals are impressive and he has a perfect hurt duckling expression that almost breaks my heart – but it isn’t quite enough for my young reviewer. The show lacks the energy a children’s show requires, and the plummy voice of the narrator grates on us both. Still, the show ends with a heartfelt message about self-acceptance and appreciating differences that delights the young audience. It is worth seeing; it’s just not quite as fabulous as we had hoped.

Summerhall, until 12 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Marni Appleton]