The Dandelion's Story (3 stars)

This article is from 2016

The Dandelion's Story

Put yourself in poo's shoes at this odd but sweet Korean show

There are many collectors of the unusual at the Fringe who won't be able to walk past a show about a life-size talking piece of dog excrement without wanting to add it to their collection of singularly strange experiences. Yet despite the subject matter, precious little about this children's piece from South Korea's Modl Theatre is actually that unusual. Remove the poo and what you're left with is a sweet physical theatre play for small children about how soil is formed and how that helps in nature, with added song and dance pieces.

That said, the costume itself is hugely effective; a cuddly bear suit covered in bumps and nodules which is worn with a commendable lack of self-consciousness and best enjoyed if you aren't thinking about eating afterwards.

The story is very sweet and distracting, and filled with eye-catching costumes, including those of the bird who abuses our young hero, the dry and cracked elder poo who tells the younger poo not to waste her potential, and the family of chickens which comes clucking around. It's educational, with a delicately-drawn take on the Ugly Duckling story at its conclusion as our little hero 'becomes' a beautiful dandelion clock.

C too, until 28 Aug (not 16), 2.15pm, £8–£10.50 (£4–£8.50).

The Dandelion’s Story

  • 3 stars

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