The Hunting of the Snark (4 stars)

This article is from 2015

The Hunting of the Snark

Credit: Anna Bruce

Musical romp that entertains all ages

Looking for a show that entertains grown-ups just as much as children? In fact, looking for a show that adults could happily enjoy even without a little one (but still keeps youngsters absorbed)?The Hunting of the Snark is your answer.

This endlessly fun adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s ‘nonsense poem’ is just that – nonsense, in the best possible way. A young boy, keen for adventure and to secure the love of his cash-obsessed father, stows away on a ship to find the mysterious ‘Snark’. Shipwrecked, he discovers an island populated with a fashion-crazy chicken, ravenous butcher, and memory-stealing Bandersnatch amongst others.

Laughs come thick and fast as these larger than life characters race to the prize, with live guitar punctuating their pursuit. The cutest beaver in town – and a darn fine knitter to boot – joins them for the ride, much to everyone’s delight (young and old).

With fantastic singing, silly songs (‘I’m the Bandersnatch’ will buzz around your head for months), this enjoyably daft tale is filled with ridiculous characters played by six hugely talented performers. Transported to a bigger space, with a full set, The Hunting of the Snark would be a five star show. Enjoy it on its way up.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 17), 11am, £7.50--£8.50 (£6.50--£7.50).

The Hunting of the Snark

  • 4 stars

Alice House Theatre & RG Media From the author of Alice in Wonderland comes an impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an imaginary creature! A musical comedy about a ragtag gang of adventurers all trying to catch the Snark, inspired by the poem by Lewis Carroll. Can a Snark be caught with soap? Will the…