Whiff (3 stars)

This article is from 2007.


No one wants to be your friend if you’re smelly

Kipper Tie theatre’s tale of how Whiff the big, fat, smelly baby warthog, surmounts his rather unfortunate body odour problem and propensity to attract ‘tickly quickly flies’, to finally find a firm friend, is told without fuss or frills. But the lack of props, costumes and tricksy effects is more than compensated for by the good old-fashioned virtues of strong storytelling, broad humour and engaging performances.

As Whiff bounces eagerly from one ill-fated encounter with jungle babies to another, his smelly hide offending first a grunge-obsessed crocodile then a pair of budding conjurer chimps, the energetic cast rarely lets the pace drop.

Some of the jokes are perhaps pitched at kids who are slightly older than the suggested 3+ age range, but there are plenty of interactive games and songs in this warm, imaginative, fun show to keep the audience engaged. (Allan Radcliffe)

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 15), 11.30am, £6 (£4).


  • 3 stars

A pared down storytelling experience starring a big, fat, smelly baby warthog and his quest for a friend. Ages 3+. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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