The Golden Cowpat (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

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Lo-fi Jackanory with ukulele-to-blues soundscape

Farmer Hector has fallen on hard times. The pigs and geese have been sold, his once robust vegetables are puny and small. Salvation comes from the rear end of a cow. Betty, an ornery beast much given to tipping her herd-mates, produces 24-carat poo.

Robin Hemmings narrates this fairy tale mash-up (The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg with hints of Jack and the Beanstalk, The Emperor’s New Clothes and a flash of TV series Hustle) to Anna Wheatley’s ukulele, squeeze box and cowbell soundtrack. She has a wonderful blues voice and the song Betty’s Got The Boos is an aural highlight.

Hemmings has a fine range of squelchy poo sounds and characterises a huffy cow with endearing enthusiasm. The audience participation auction, to buy the golden cowpats, ends only when the kids can’t think of any bigger numbers. And, thanks to a vote in which the kids unanimously support hard-up Hector in favour of the spiv who puts stars in Betty’s eyes, there is even a happy ending.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug, 10.45am and 11.50am, £7–£8 (£6–£7).

The Golden Cowpat

Join the adventures of Betty the cow and farmer Hector with storytelling and folk music.

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