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Red Herring (Gardyloo)

By | Published on Friday 23 August 2019

If you combined a nautical version of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’ with a family friendly, ‘Mighty Boosh’ feel and a few fish puns, you might get close to describing this sweet and surreal comedy. Set in a seemingly nondescript coastal village, two bumbling fisherman stumble upon a red herring that, unluckily for them, will cast a curse if they don’t manage to put their catch back in the sea. With quirky songs, rhyming couplets, and an impressive display of multi-rolling, they move through a series of ridiculous vignettes –from encountering every fish imaginable, to mystical sea creatures and village folk who are more eccentric than folklore legends themselves. Full of magic and charm, this beguiling story will ignite your childlike wonder for what lurks beneath the seabed.

Zoo PlayGround, until 26 Aug.
tw Rating 4/5 | [Amy Bonar]