Land of the Dragon: Gwlad y Ddraig
Imaginative and dramatic retelling of Welsh folk tale at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
You only have to look around the audience at PuppetSoup’s engaging show to see that it works for all-comers. From toddlers through to grown-ups (many of them there without a young companion), there is enough here to entertain any age.
This is, in part, due to the story itself, drawn from a number of different Welsh folk tales and legends, which have stood the test of time for a reason. But also down to the visually arresting set, and beautifully-made puppets used to deliver it.
Two dragons, one red one white, live as arch enemies. Meanwhile, an enchantress summons up a baby from a cauldron, and puts a dragon’s egg under its protection. The child grows to be an old man, all the while searching for the place that he – and the egg – belong. When that place is finally located, a dramatic finale ensues.
Clever use of size and scale sees the dragons, the egg, the old man and his faithful wee dog change from large to small, to give us a sense of place. And, in a particularly nice touch to ground the dialogue in the roots from whence it came, the entire script is spoken or sung in both Welsh and English.
PuppetSoup’s strapline is ‘Puppetry. For everyone.’ Land of the Dragon is just that.
Zoo, 662 6892, until 25 Aug, £6–£7.