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Red Riding Hood (Horse And Bamboo Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 7 August 2014

Red Riding Hood faces a bit of an identity crisis in Horse and Bamboo Theatre’s retelling of the classic fairytale. The show excels when exploring the darker aspects of the fable, expertly using props, animation and music to create a creepy serenity. This gives the production that magical quality which is gold dust to children’s shows, with Nix Wood doing some beautifully physical acting as Red. In an attempt, I presume, to keep the children from being too frightened, the show then gives way to a far more generic and pantomime-esque feel. Whilst entertaining, this pales in comparison to the show’s far more interesting qualities. An endearing production then, with perhaps more bark than bite.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]