Squirrel Stole My Underpants (3 stars)

Hanging out the washing will never feel the same again after this one-woman show for ages three and up

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Squirrel Stole My Underpants

'Sylvie, it's time to take out the wash,' says a character off-stage, opening the show. None of us can see Sylvie, but she seems reluctant. 'Yes, you have to do it right now,' insists the voice, to audience laughter. When Sylvie eventually appears, wearing a gingham apron and flowery dress, she starts to fasten various items to a washing line, doing so with outsized clothes pegs. But no sooner is the washing on the line than a squirrel (a puppet) makes off with Sylvie's underwear. She spends much of the rest of the show trying to get it back via mime and puppetry.

This one-woman show has no spoken words, apart from the couple of lines at the start. Scenery is also minimal; mostly just a washing line held up by metal poles. But it's enthralling as Sylvie brings a shirt on the line to life, putting her arms into the sleeves and later wrestling with a man's jacket.

Americana folk music accompanies the action. Written specially for the show, it's atmospheric and full of whimsical charm. Perhaps the show is a lonely little girl's fantasy, or maybe it's about the challenges life might throw at Sylvie. Whatever it means, hanging out the washing will never seem the same again.

Summerhall, until 19 Aug (not 15), 10.40am, £9 (£8).

Squirrel Stole my Underpants

  • 3 stars

The Gottabees In this poignantly silly adventure tale for families, Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favourite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket. Will our lonely…

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