Folk tales have traditionally had a moral or romantic outcome in order to pass down the ideals between the generations. In Liminal Theatre’s new production a Norwegian folk tale is adapted by Joel Mason and Jeffrey Hilditch, proving that the same traditional values are relevant today and that such stories never lose their meaning.
A production that appeals to both children and adults that doesn’t undermine their intelligence
With the use of puppetry, mime and mask, the story follows Brigette (Liz Strange) who breaks her promise to a frog (Philip Kingscott) which causes a downturn in her village’s fortune. Soon she goes on a journey to find a far away castle and with the help of a Stevie Wonder style blues singer (Fernando Fresquez) she finds humility and truth.
The production is presented in a frolicsome, child friendly way, complete with narrators who add to the comedy and invite us to join them in their make believe adventure. Joel Mason’s direction is both intriguing and comical with the puppets becoming almost humanised in parts. With a six-strong ensemble cast, the stage sometimes becomes a bit crowded and in parts dialogue is lost but this can be forgiven due to the energy throughout. The kids in the audience were gripped and seemed delighted at the chance to meet the puppets afterwards. The moral of the story was perhaps too clearly delivered but in the context of the folk tale genre it is necessary. However, it’s encouraging to see a production that appeals to both children and adults that doesn’t undermine their intelligence. Although the show is in some parts rough around the edges, everyone can relate to the themes of moving into adulthood and finding truth. In a modern society where fairy tales don’t provide the moral guidance they were once intended for, it is refreshing to see an uplifting story which doesn’t take itself too seriously and yet can provide a positive message for the youngsters.
2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9SU
Performances: 12,13 & 19,20 March
Fridays 6pm Saturdays 2pm and 6pm
Running time 1 hour
Tickets: £9 / £5 (conc.) / £20 (family)
For tickets and information visit www.liminaltheatre.co.uk