Monster Hits & Does a Monster Live Next Door?, (4 stars)

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This article is from 2007.

Monster Hits

To celebrate the company’s tenth anniversary, Tall Stories has brought two monster shows to Edinburgh – and they couldn’t be more different. Best known for their adaptation of The Gruffalo, Tall Stories has a reputation for creating innovative, well-crafted theatre for children – and their latest shows don’t break with tradition.

Aimed at ages 3+, Monster Hits is a fun, warm-hearted tale of an imaginative young boy and his grumpy granddad. Filled with infectiously catchy songs, the show tears along at a fine old pace, as monsters jump out of cupboards to keep William amused. As usual with Tall Stories, the acting is spot-on, and the exuberant cast jump on beds and bring to life all the things in William’s vivid imagination.

By contrast, Does A Monster Live Next Door has a much slower pace. With a target age range of 6+, there are no fluffy costumes, no songs, just a mysterious whodunit script that keeps you hooked to the last. The story poses so many questions – why can’t young Maud leave her house? Why doesn’t she have any toys? And what are those strange noises she hears in the night? Luckily, Detective Freda (played to great comic effect by Caroline Garland) arrives to help unravel the mystery.

One thing which unites both shows, however, is their cross-generational appeal – entertaining adults just as much as their young charges. (Kelly Apter)

C too, 0845 2601234, until 27 Aug (not 13), 2.10pm (Monster Hits); 3.20pm (Does A Monster), £6.50–£8.50 (£4.50–£6.50).

This article is from 2007.

Monster Hits

  • 4 stars

A fun, song-filled show for ages 3+, and one of two shows by Tall Stories this year in celebration of their 10th anniversary. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

Does a Monster Live Next Door?

  • 4 stars

A mysterious whodunit monster themed production for ages 6+.

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