Scamp Theatre bring Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales to life at Fringe 2012
- Kelly Apter
- 27 July 2012
This article is from 2012
Stage version of hugely successful Julia Donaldson children's book
With so many shows to choose from at the Fringe, it’s always handy when a tried and tested company returns carrying a guarantee of quality. All those who saw Scamp Theatre’s production of Stick Man in 2010 will be pleased to know that the talented troupe is back, with yet another Julia Donaldson adaptation.
The tale of a little fish with a big imagination, Tiddler has been directed by Sally Cookson – the woman who helped bring out the fun, musicality and poignancy in their previous show.
‘For me, what helped make Stick Man so successful was the personality of the actors,’ says Cookson. ‘We had three very quirky individuals who engaged with their audience and knew how to “play”. The performers in Tiddler are experts at that, too. It’s a very clown-based show, where the storytellers are naive and curious, and find delight and wonder in the stories they tell.’
Cookson and her team have set the show in a large playroom, filled with toys and everyday objects, which help transform the space into a different world for each story. As fans of Donaldson’s original tale will know, Tiddler has a number of exciting adventures, but a straightforward re-telling of the book would be over very quickly. According to Cookson, the process of choosing which aspects of the story to develop was not dissimilar to how families interact with the book.
‘Usually when an adult reads a picture book to a child, they stop and talk about what they see and hear,’ says Cookson. ‘So in effect that’s what we’re doing when we adapt the story into theatre – highlighting certain moments in the drama and expanding on what’s in the book.’
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