Stage adaptation of children's book Emily Brown And The Thing visits 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2014

Emily Brown And The Thing adapted for stage and set for run in 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Bedtime favourite brought to life through catchy songs, a vibrant set and dynamic physical storytelling by theatre company Tall Stories

From The Gruffalo to The Snail and the Whale, Tall Stories can often be found turning the pages of a book into a show. Next stop on their list of popular picture books is Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton’s Emily Brown and the Thing. And, as always, a whole host of creative decisions have gone into fleshing out the text.

‘Whilst we follow the story and use the characters as our base, there was still so much left to decide,’ says director, Olivia Jacobs. ‘How will Emily sound and move? How do we bring her rabbit toy to life? What will the Thing look like? And how do we transport the audience to each new adventure?’

As always with Tall Stories, the answers lie in dynamic physical storytelling, vibrant designs, and original music specially composed to accompany each adventure Emily goes on to help The Thing get to sleep.

‘On top of that,’ says Jacobs, ‘there are a good few catchy numbers that you won’t be able to get out of your head after the show.’

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 1–24 Aug (not 7), 2.05pm, £8--£10 (£7--£9). Previews 30 & 31 Jul, £6.

'Emily Brown and the Thing' - Trailer

Emily Brown and the Thing

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Emily and Stanley the rabbit's sleep is interrupted by the curious 'Thing' outside.