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The Gruffalo’s Child (Tall Stories)

By | Published on Friday 18 August 2017

A perennial dilemma for the seasoned ‘Gruffalo’ reader is which accents to give the principal characters. The very engaging Tall Stories cast go with Cockney for Fox, a slightly variable Scottish for Owl and, er, Spanish for Snake (Brexit Britain, eh?). These characters are developed from the single line they each get in the book, so each gets a song and some chat, whilst the mouse has plenty of stage time throughout as a narrator figure, and even the Gruffalo’s Child’s stick man toy (played here by a stick) is given life through an infernally catchy refrain. The running time is towards the upper tolerance of the younger audience members, but it’s good, lively and charming stuff, very nicely staged and performed.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 20 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]