Farm Boy (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Farm Boy

Country tale in need of a jump start

Two men, Grandpa and Grandson, share the stage with a green Fordson tractor and a toolbox. The men weave stories that link four generations, covering the period in farming history where tractors took over from horses, and culminate in a hare versus tortoise style competition.

Farm Boy is adapted from the book by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, as the sequel to War Horse (the stage version of which, with its extraordinary life-size horse puppets, continues to wow audiences in London).

Almost everything is in place to mark Farm Boy out as one of the hits of this year’s Fringe. Certainly this is a serious production that trusts that children might have longer attention spans than goldfish. However, too much sentimentality, and the production’s tendency to tell rather than show, results in a show that, dramatically at least, doesn’t ever really get going.

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 30 Aug (not 17), 11.45am, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Farm Boy - Michael Morpurgo

  • 3 stars

It sometimes felt as though time had stood still down on the farm - swallows nesting in the eaves, the old Fordson tractor quietly rusting in the barn, Grandpa tending his chickens - that is, until the summer his grandson finished school and came to stay and the old man started telling stories of what it had been like on…

Farm Boy: New Perspectives And Scamp Theatre (Over 7s)

  • 3 stars

Michael Morpurgo's sequel to the award-winning War Horse, the touching story of four generations on a family farm, is brought to life in a stage production.