Mrs McMoon’s Tea Party
Homely one-woman physical comedy about broken biscuits
This article is from 2015.
If you can get your head around the slightly ropey accent, you’ll find that Mrs McMoon is a homely Scottish granny who invites us into her kitchen while she makes some lovely biscuits. And makes them and makes them, for something keeps going wrong. She’s played by Katie Cooper, an exuberant young comedy actor who has a particular way with kids and an even better one with an ad-lib when they shout out something odd. She potters and fusses, then nips out for a second while someone inevitably comes in and scoffs the lot (bearded Gilbert and his cheeky chipmunk, her snooty sister Jill, her huffy granddaughter Rosy).
Each of these characters is played with a quick and inventive costume change by Cooper, and the sense of believability of each 'new' face popping through the window in the impressive homemade set seems to keep the audience (especially those around the older pre-school age) enthralled. Our host's storytelling is clear and filled with physical action that carries us along nicely with a bit of cute hand puppetry and a hilarious tableau where she crams every biscuit on the plate into her mouth.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 23 Aug, 12.15pm, £7.50–£8.50 (£7–£8).