Rainbow Fish & Under the Dragon Moon (4 stars)

Double helping of Singapore storytelling


This article is from 2007.

Theatre has travelled over from Singapore with the noble aim of telling simple stories with style. They set about this task in very different ways: Rainbow Fish uses black lights and beautiful puppetry, whereas Under the Dragon Moon is a collection of Asian folk tales creatively performed by actors with the simplest of props.

A wonderful underwater world of The Rainbow Fish is created to house Marcus Pfizer’s story of a beautiful but vain fish, where the set and characters mask the occasionally stilted dialogue. The songs are sweet, if sometimes lacklustre, and the moral is clear without being trite. Under the Dragon Moon will appeal to a broader age range: the stories are told with wit and energy by actors who spring into a variety of characters from the touching to the ridiculous. (Siân Bevan)

C, Chambers Street, 0845 260 1234, until 18 Aug, 10am (Rainbow Fish), 12.20pm (Under the Dragon Moon), £7.50–£8.50 (£5.50–£6.50).

Rainbow Fish

  • 4 stars

Marcus Pfizer's story of a beautiful but vain fish with a clear moral and some sweet songs. Ages 3+. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

Under the Dragon Moon

  • 4 stars

A collection of Asian folk tales performed by I Theatre using simple props. Ages 4+. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.


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