From the moment that Patrick Monahan bursts onto the stage and gets the audience dancing in their seats, he hypnotises them like a snake-charmer. Dressed like Aladdin, he tells a story from ancient Persia, complete with witches, camels and water guns, and though the story doesn’t always make immediate sense, this is completely irrelevant to the room of hysterically laughing children, who answer questions and end up dancing on stage to 70s disco classics. There are – Pixar style – enough grown up jokes along the way to keep the adults entertained and – to the great delight of the children – they are equally encouraged to join in. This show is lively, engaging and utterly delightful, and Monahan is a gifted storyteller and natural-born entertainer.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3 – 28 Aug (not 17, 18, 19, 22 – 26), 2.00pm (3.00pm), £6.50 – £8.50, fpp131.
tw rating 4/5