Wild Things

  • List.co.uk
  • 5 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Meet Jack - a little boy who would give Supernanny a run for her money. Committed to a life of naughtiness, Jack regularly taunts the girl next door, scares his mum and ties up his gran. Until finally, he runs away from home to avoid the constant pressure to behave.

Created by Bedforshire theatre company, These Colours, Wild Things is a fun, interactive show for 3-8-year-olds. As Jack’s adventure unfolds, he encounters puppet monkeys and parrots who crown him ‘King of the Forest’, and crosses the ocean scaring all the fish. Until finally, he meets his match - an island of naughty monsters which make him see the error of his ways.

‘We’re not trying to preach to kids and tell them not to be naughty,’ says artistic director, Matt Cullum. ‘Just that you don’t have to be naughty all the time, you need the good stuff as well - to make friends and be nice to people.’

The large, colourful monsters - which measure over six feet tall and three feet wide - all have characteristics mirroring the real people in Jack’s life. And according to Cullum, the sight of these large-headed fluffy beats disco dancing should appeal to young and old: ‘One of the key things about children’s theatre, is you have to make it just as interesting for the adults as the kids. And watching four giant monsters dance to “Saturday Night Fever” is a pretty good way to spend a morning.’ (Kelly Apter)

C, 0870 701 5105, 14-28 Aug, 12.40pm, £7.50 (£5.50-£6.50).

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