Fringe preview: Alfie White: Space Explorer
Young boy tells tall tales in Tall Stories’ new show
This article is from 2015.
In 1967, when nobody’s feet had yet graced the surface of the moon, a space-obsessed boy could easily pretend his dad was going to be first. Which is exactly what Alfie White does, in this new show from Tall Stories.
Unlike many of the company’s previous productions (The Gruffalo, Emily Brown and the Thing), Alfie White: Space Explorer is a brand new story, about a young boy whose father disappears.
To save face, he tells his classmates that dad is in training to fly to the moon. In reality he has no idea where he’s gone. It’s not the first time Tall Stories has taken an entertaining but thought-provoking look at how children relate to the grown-ups in their lives.
‘Our primary aim is always to tell a good story well, with elements of lightness, silliness and laughter alongside more serious moments,’ says co-director Toby Mitchell. ‘We don’t shy away from any topic worth exploring, and nowadays families come in all shapes and sizes – not everyone lives with both their birth parents. Alfie White happens to live with his grandma, and in an age where many grandparents have an increasing impact on their grandchildren’s lives, it felt like a good time to tell Alfie's story.’
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug (not 19), 2.05pm, £8--£10 (£7--£9). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6.