Under The Baobab Tree (3 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Under The Baobab Tree

Animal tales from Africa

Do you know how the hyena got its laugh or the ostrich got its long neck? The answers in this show may not be entirely true, but they’re certainly fun. Performed by Edinburgh-based Toto Tales and Singapore’s I Theatre, Under the Baobab Tree is an hour of gentle storytelling dressed up in an array of colourful costumes.

Toto’s Mara Menzies hails from Kenya, so we’re all invited to say ‘Jambo!’ to each animal as it appears – and there’s no shortage of them. As well as the aforementioned hyena and ostrich, Menzies’ tales also feature a lion, chameleon, monkey, a beautifully made crocodile and a witty zebra with aspirations for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Aimed at ages 3-8, the tales are short and simple, but performed with exuberance, with a few original songs thrown in. There’s nothing dazzlingly innovative at play here, but Menzies knows how to build up a rapport with children and keeps them engaged throughout.

C too, 0845 260 1234, until 27 Aug (not 14, 21), 10am. £6.50–£8.50 (£4.50–£7.50).

Under the Baobab Tree

  • 3 stars

If you sit under the magical Baobab, the most unusual and imaginative stories will jump into your head and impatiently wait to be told! So, come and sit Under The Baobab Tree to find out how the ostrich got her ever-lengthening neck or how crocodiles clean their teeth… A colourful weave of inventive puppetry, mask and…

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