The Piper (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

The Piper

Select kids and grown-ups get to participate in this modern take on the folk tale

If your child isn't content to sit in the audience and would rather be on stage taking part, The Piper's got you covered. People with 'onstage' tickets (see for how to book) get to participate in the show, with a set of wireless headphones that tell them what to do and how to act.

It's a lovely idea that's well-executed in this adaptation of folk tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin from Australian theatre company My Darling Patricia. In the show, Hamelin starts out as a beautiful forest that's dramatically cut down to make way for a bustling city. Over time, Hamelin city develops a garbage problem, and the rats come flooding in.

You'll know what comes next; but seeing these children and their parents in the roles for the day gives the legend a freshness. Yet, despite an energetic start and some lovely visuals, The Piper gets a bit slow in the middle and doesn't quite pick up the pace again until the end (when the usually morose tale concludes on a surprisingly joyous and colourful note). Still, its best moments are a lot of fun, and it's a great chance to participate in a Fringe show if you can snap up some onstage tickets.

Underbelly Potterow, 0844 545 8252, until 31 Aug (not 17, 24), 10.30am, £12–£14 (£8–£10).

The Piper

  • 3 stars

Underbelly Productions and Marguerite Pepper Productions Acclaimed Australian theatre company My Darling Patricia’s immersive retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a unique theatrical journey. This Pied Piper is a bear – a dancer with a rebel soul. Yet there is an even more unusual twist: part of the audience is…