Oskar's Amazing Adventure (3 stars)

Oskar's Amazing Adventure

credit: Paul Mansfield

A charming set and cuddly toys are the backdrop for this gentle doggy tale

A beautiful teepee sits centre stage, adorned with a tiny house, windows all aglow. This, we learn, is Oskar's home – but he's tired of sitting in his basket; this young puppy has a thirst for adventure and wants some new friends to play with. As snow falls all around him, he heads outside into the Alps to see who he can find.

Energetic and enthusiastic storyteller Natasha Granger takes us on Oskar's quest, surrounded by cuddly toys which she picks up and brings into play as the story unfolds. When she's our narrator, Granger talks to the audience with an exuberant, wide-eyed wonder, then, pulling on a shawl, becomes Oskar's owner, 'Granny', who's far more cautious.

Cuteness aside, there's a subtle splash of education here, when Oskar's bewilderment about why his new friend, the alpine marmot, can't play with him until spring is explained due to hibernation. There's also some fun audience participation, as Granger encourages us to join in Oskar's 'Dig, Dig, Dig' song, waving our arms to burrow beneath the snow and mud.

There's a gentle simplicity to this show, which would work better in a more intimate space (where you can see the teepee and cuddly toys up-close) than in a theatre, but there's still much for younger children to enjoy here.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug (not 23), 11.50am, £7.50 (£6).

Oskar's Amazing Adventure

  • 3 stars

An engaging piece of theatre for young children which tells the tale of a puppy who leaves his home in search of friendship.

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