The Tale of the Dastardly Defrost (3 stars)

Food-themed Edinburgh Fringe children's show that's a light piece of fun

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This article is from 2014.

The Tale of the Dastardly Defrost

A light piece of fun based on a cutely compelling idea, this show from As Told By Productions and writer Holly McKinlay gives personality to the contents of a fridge – then sets the environment to defrost and waits to see what happens.

Most of the best parts take place at the beginning of the show, before their escapade has started, including a party game called ‘Fridge Fridge Freezer’ with participation from kids at the front of the room, and a very entertaining ‘Fridge’s Got Talent’ song and dance sequence incorporating excerpts from themed songs (Vanilla Ice, Katy Perry, One Direction and the soundtrack to Frozen all get a look in).

Elsewhere the main story is somewhat over-wordy, and it seems to concentrate on hitting grown-up narrative beats through dry speech rather than carrying the kids along on a tide of action. The costumes and personae of the five main characters are larger than life at least, and there’s a cheeky nod to the grown-ups in including bubbly Champers alongside Cheddar, Whippy the can of whipped cream, snooty Stilton, and silly but sweet Cocoa.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 Aug, 12.45pm, £7-£9 (£6-£8).

This article is from 2014.

The Tale of the Dastardly Defrost

  • 3 stars

As Told By Productions Their world has gone into meltdown. They have never seen anything like this before. Madame Champers is losing her fizz, Colonel Stilton is becoming sweatier by the second and Whippy is becoming distinctly whiffy. Join the contents of the fridge as they battle through the defrost. It is not just…

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