Colonel Mustard and the Big Bad Wolf (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Colonel Mustard and the Big Bad Wolf

Kids gig theatre taps into the spirit of McMustard

More commonly known in Scotland as the lead singer of yellow-uniformed party band and cult festival attraction Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5, 'Colonel' John McMustard has branched out here into the role of children's entertainer with the second of two Fringe shows.

First premiered as a work-in-progress at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, and performed alongside actors Natalie McConnon and Anna Russell-Martin, it's a proper piece of kids' theatre which nevertheless manages to tap into the spirit of what McMustard does with his own band and their 'Yellow Movement' of followers.

It's somewhere between a storytelling show and a piece of gig theatre, and when the music plays, the audience is encouraged to get on its feet and join in. Beyond the joyful fun of the band's signature tracks and new songs written for the show, there's also some idiosyncratic storytelling of childhood favourites, and a deeper message emerges.

McMustard takes both title roles, and as the story of an elderly Big Bad Wolf who lives in a nursing home unfolds (it turns out his big secret is 'I'm a Vegetarian'), we're taught that it's good 'to find time to give to those who've had a life well-lived', in this lively appeal for inter-generational solidarity.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 18 Aug, 12pm, £9 (£7).

Colonel Mustard and the Big Bad Wolf

  • 4 stars

Dijon 5 Productions Is the Big Bad Wolf really bad, or just misunderstood and trying to trigger his muddled memory? Could music or something else beginning with M be the answer? Its a mystery that will make you laugh, play, sing and dance with music festival favourite Colonel Mustard! Developed at the Tron Theatre.