The Dragon and the Whales (3 stars)

The Dragon and the Whales

Gentle tale uses upcycled objects to create an underwater world

While some productions use flashy animatronics to bring creatures to life, Glasgow-based theatre company Modest Predicament stays true to its name and takes a far more home-spun approach.

In this gentle tale of a baby dragon dropped into the ocean and raised by whales, everyday household objects take on a whole new purpose. A simple lampshade and tumble dryer vent hose becomes a dragon, a table tennis bat is transformed into a ray fish bobbing under the water, a small paper lantern is opened and closed to depict a puffed-up blowfish. Each clever invention not only raises a smile, but lets the young audience watching know how easy it is to be imaginative at home.

The story itself feels drawn out, leading at times to a lack of pace – and there's less here to warm the heart than in Modest Predicament's 2016 Fringe outing, Erin, Errol and the Earth Creatures. But with shadow puppetry, songs, audience engagement and plenty of energy from the two cast members, there's enough here to make for a pleasant hour.

Assembly Roxy, until 27 Aug (not 13, 20), 12pm, £9 (£7).

The Dragon and the Whales

  • 3 stars

Modest Predicament Once upon a time, there was a little dragon who was born under the sea, and she grew up amongst the kind-hearted whales. But all dragons' feelings come from the fire in their hearts, and because the baby dragon is born underwater, her fire cannot burn. She is swept by ocean currents into the depths…

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