5 Questions - Koko the Crocodile

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  • 14 August 2008

This article is from 2008.

Koko the Crocodile

African folktales, sing-a-long songs and a poorly crocodile all feature in Mara Menzies' show, Koko the Crocodile. But right now, she's answering our five questions

5 reasons people should see Koko the Crocodile

To listen to and take part in not one, but two exciting stories; to meet the best, glittery eyed, real live crocodile (well almost) ever; to discover how crocodiles clean their teeth and how the hyena got his laugh; to make something beautiful and save the environment with our eco-art workshop; and to have an absolutely brilliant morning with lots to talk about over lunch.

4 things you love most about African storytelling

The chance to share little known but fantastic stories. The way it brings people together. The fact that the same story can affect people in different ways. Bringing rich African cultures to life.

3 things all good children's theatre should do

Throw the script away. Encourage imagination. Engage with the audience.

2 things you enjoy most about performing for children

Their utter honesty. You must always expect the unexpected.

1 word to sum up the Mara Menzies style


Koko The Crocodile, The Zoo, 662 6892, until 25 Aug (not 17, 24), 11am, £6 (£4).

Koko and the Crocodile

  • 4 stars

A little touch of Africa in Mara Menzies tale of a poorly reptile looking for medical advice. Audience members can make reminders of the show to take home with their memories of this delightful piece. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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