This article is from 2009.
Like its previous Fringe successes – Funeral Games and No Obvious Trauma – Unpacked’s first show for children, Jumping Mouse, has a darkly comic feel. ‘Not that it will be frightening or unappealing,’ says the show’s director, Darren East, ‘but there’s a certain seriousness about it.’
Based on a Native American folk tale, the show uses a blend of puppetry and performance to tell the story of one mouse’s journey of self-discovery. However, some modifications have been made. ‘We’ve added the framework of a boy on a bus who’s afraid of changing schools – so he’s told the story at the same time as the audience,’ he says. ‘We have altered the original tale quite a lot, but the core discovery story is still there.’
This twist on the traditional telling, plus the group’s use of props that they have found rather than created, promise a memorable Fringe outing for children and adults. ‘It’s a story that’s hopeful and exciting, but has quite a lot of mysterious, dark things in it,’ East says. ‘The mouse has to go through quite a lot of challenges - it’s not a simple story, but it is fun.’
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8-31 Aug (not 17), 11.30am, £7–7.50 (£5–£5.50). Previews 5–7 Aug, £5.