Big Wooden Horse theatre company adapting picture book Aliens Love Underpants

This article is from 2013

Aliens Love Underpants

The extra-terrestrial adventure is coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

Author Claire Freedman and illustrator Ben Cort may have come up with some fiendish rhymes and colourful illustrations in their popular picture book Aliens Love Underpants, but at just a couple of hundred words long, there’s not much in the way of story.

So when Big Wooden Horse theatre company set about creating a stage adaptation, they had to think outside of the book. ‘It’s a challenge,’ says the show’s director, Adam Bampton-Smith, ‘but the golden rule is to acknowledge what people love about the book, and then create a theatrical experience. If you’re just going to re-create the book exactly on stage, the audience may as well be watching a DVD.’

Big Wooden Horse has stayed faithful to Cort’s illustrations, incorporating them into the set design, as well as making puppets to portray the aliens and creating ‘many, many pairs of pants’.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–22 Aug (not 14), 11.30am, £8–£12 (£8–£10).

Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Claire Freedman

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.