Fringe preview: You Look Tasty! (A Play By A. Tiger)
Tigers get set to take over the Fringe
This article is from 2015.
The Pleasance Courtyard used to be a nice, safe place for families to visit each August. Not anymore. With three children’s shows about tigers at the venue, is it still safe to bring our young offspring along?
‘That depends, really,’ says Stewart Pringle, co-author of You Look Tasty (A Play By A. Tiger). ‘Do you like your children? How much do you like them? It’s impossible to answer – you’ll have to find out for yourself.’
Pringle co-wrote his play with Aloysius the tiger, a writer whose work ethic, he says, is ‘absolutely appalling – no attention span, and he sleeps a lot, I mean a lot’. Fortunately they managed to get something down on paper – a show about a missing tiger at London Zoo.
Surprisingly, rather than seeing them as rivals, Aloysius was keen to hear about the other tiger shows – Mr Tiger Goes Wild and The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
‘One of Aloysius’ big inspirations for writing was actually The Tiger Who Came To Tea,’ explains Pringle. ‘He was like “Excellent! Finally we’re taking the fight to them!”. I’ve tried to explain it’s not really like that. He says he’s going to go and see both the other shows, so we should probably reach out to them with some kind of warning.’
Mr Tiger Goes Wild, Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8–31 Aug, 11.10am, £8–£10 (£7–£9). Previews 5–7 Aug, 11.10am, £6
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 9–31 Aug, 10am, £9.50–£12 (£8.50–£11). Previews 5–7 Aug, 10am, £7
You Look Tasty! (A Play By A. Tiger), Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8–31 Aug (not 18, 25), 11.45am, £8–£10 (£7–£9). Preview 7 Aug, 11.45am, £5