Suitably performed in the Storytelling Centre, this is a traditional children’s show in the best possible way. King Orik is cursed with donkey’s ears; to hide them, he lives in a tower and his confused citizens set out to cheer him up. Acted out by Andy Lawrence and a cast of puppets that were just on the right side of creepy, this was more an illustrated story than a play. It’s a beautifully classic tale, based on a lesser-known story of King Midas, while paying satisfying homages to a variety of international folk tales, and with enough anachronistic humour to impress Disney-lovers. Like the best family-friendly entertainment, it managed to be charming, funny and imaginative.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 8 – 28 August, 1.00pm (1.50pm) £6.50 – £8.50, fpp24.
tw rating 5/5