The Giant's Loo Roll
- David Pollock
- 16 August 2016
This article is from 2016.
Highly visual and fun show featuring the largest loo roll in town
One day the Giant drops his toilet roll and it bounces down to earth, and when the makers of this show say we'll be seeing a giant loo roll, that's exactly what we get. An enormous inflatable loo roll, bigger than any of the cast, which is rolled and pushed around the set by the two performers onstage.
It's the centrepiece of a performance which is strong visually, with a bunch of silly, memorable songs proving to be a vividly interactive treat for younger children and their parents, especially if they're willing to get involved and sing and dance along. TaleGate Theatre have form here; this is their second adaptation of a Nicholas Allan book after Father Christmas Needs a Wee.
Handily, it helps that the loo roll has landed upon a town in the doldrums, which has seen its paper mill close down because no one reads newspapers. Whoever said technology would replace paper 'has never tried to wipe their bum with an iPad', we're told; one of many uses of the word 'bum' which the kids love.
Introduced to an array of fun, well-costumed characters, we see the loo roll used to make pants, as a canvas for a water-throwing artist, and to start up the paper mill again by creating more loo roll than anyone could need. It's a panto of a show, filled with fun and gentle humour.
SpaceTriplex, until 27 Aug (not 21), 10.30am, £12 (£10).