Modern Cautionary Tales for Children
Poetry, prose and poo
This article is from 2007.
From the moment Murray Lachlan Young bounds onto the stage, hair wrapped in a towel, dressing gown flapping, you know you’re in for a good time. Young is clearly one of the most likeable performers not just at the Fringe, but in the world.
His poetry is funny, observational and entirely silly. His audience banter is even funnier. Best of all, he knows exactly what your average 5–10-year-old is interested in – toilets, poo and death being three key subjects discussed during the show. And with Young, audience participation for both children and ex-children (as he calls us) is neither awkward nor embarrassing, just fun.
Essentially, though, Young’s show defies description. A literary event, a stand-up show, a cosy chat – Modern Cautionary Tales of Children is all these things, and more. While his choice of music, largely carved from the world of film, is just inspired. Young is so full of enthusiasm it can’t help but rub off, and a pack of smiling faces will undoubtedly file out of the Gilded Balloon for the rest of August. (Kelly Apter)
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, until 27 Aug (not 13, 20), noon, £6–£7 (£5–£6).