Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over

A magical mystery tour with a poignant message

When you hear the words ‘fairy tale theatre’, certain things spring to mind; innocence, wonder, magic perhaps. When you add the caveat ‘18 and over’, it takes on a whole new meaning. A great introduction sets up the audience for a wild and twisty ride. Moral tales for strictly adults-only viewing are played out with a mixture of puppets and live action. Social taboos are explored and ethical conundrums raised. If you didn’t need to see a therapist before, you may do by the end.

The usual tropes of fairy stories are exploited. Animals start to speak, only to discuss interpersonal relationships and dilemmas much to their own despondency. Fortunately it’s to everyone else’s amusement. The cast is entirely dedicated and a collective commitment gives this show its sparkle.

That shine turns to incandescence when the most over-the-top rainbow-firing unicorn you can imagine prances on stage. Real magic happens and the crowd go wild. Rightly so, as it’s rare to see a man dressed as a unicorn so convincingly. This is entertaining stuff served up with some homespun wisdom where we learn that we must love ourselves. And what’s wrong with that?

Assembly George Square Studios, 623 3030, until 30 Aug, 10.30pm, £10.

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over

  • 3 stars

J. Michael Feldman & Lindsey Bowden Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 and Over is a collection of original fairy tales with morals and lessons for adults (ie. The Tale of the Bipolar Bear and the Codependent Eskimo), told with a mix of live actors in animal costumes and puppets. The show has played to sold-out crowds for the…