Three Billy Goats Gruff (5 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Three is the magic number

He's done it again. Andy Lawrence, storyteller and puppet-maker extraordinaire, has created another perfect kids show. Back at the Fringe for the third year running, following the success of The King's Got Donkey's Ears and The Elves and the Shoemaker, Lawrence proves that going that extra mile makes all the difference.

We can only guess how many hours he puts into designing and creating his sets and puppets - and then be thankful that he does. Tiny doors open to reveal hidden animals, flaps are lowered to transform a forest into a beautiful cottage and puppets appear in all shapes and sizes - each lovingly crafted by hand. As the three tales unfold - Goldilocks, Three Little Pigs and Billy Goats Gruff - you never know what's going to appear next, or from where. Lawrence himself is an immensely likeable performer who engages the entire audience, young and old.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 556 9579, until 23 Aug (not 10 & 17), 11am, £7.50 (£5).

The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Tails

Beautifully crafted puppets and charming silliness in this fairytale mash-up of things that come in threes (there's a lot of them), from Kidglove Puppets. Ages 3+.

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