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The Fantastical Return Of Greyfriars Bobby

By | Published on Saturday 23 August 2014

I have to be honest and say this show comes across as a bit shambolic, but it’s sort of gloriously so; it deals in cod stereotypes for the sake of humour – obnoxious Americans and ‘Scotch’ people in kilts – but does so in a way which charms the adults in the audience, provoking hoots of laughter, whilst simultaneously keeping the children entertained. The play makes good use of other media, projecting recognisable Edinburgh backdrops onto the wall behind the stage as a ‘set’, which is appealing to those children that know the city well, and the cast interact well with the audience. The show itself is designed to have children spontaneously shouting out ‘answers’ in the treasure-hunt based narrative, and it works really well.

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Caro Moses]