Hairy Maclary and Friends (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Hairy Maclary and Friends

Old school literary adaptation of New-Zealand's canine hero

Hairy Maclary is the titular canine hero of some 12 books by New Zealand author Dame Lynley Dodd. In the book he is a small black hairy creature of indeterminate breed; in the show he’s a 5’5” hairy costumed creature of indeterminate gender. He also has a host of canine friends and some feline foes, all of whom make an appearance during the hour.

The premise itself is a combination of stories from the books, interspersed with specially written songs and connecting scenes. If you are one of those parents who tires of computer animated TV programmes, this is the show for you, as it has a resolutely old school approach.

It’s an all-singing, all jazz hands affair with the animal characters played by adults in full costumes, and human characters hamming it up mercilessly in support.

With plenty of ‘it’s behind you’ audience interaction, and plinky-plonky piano accompaniment to the songs, Hairy Maclary and Friends is an energetic and raucous hour of unabashed family fun.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 26 Aug (not 12), 10.50am, £10–£11 (£8–£9).

The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show

  • Written by: Lynley Dodd

Meet the doggy crew and their feline antagonists in a show for those aged 3+ based on the enormously popular books by Lynley Dodd.