From the charmingly French pre-show announcement to the punningly introduced curtain call, ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’ is an hour of beautifully produced, elegantly performed bliss. As Dog – a fast-talking American puppet of the canine persuasion, and the show’s undeniable star – points out, the title is pretty self-explanatory, with the story centring around an elderly shepherd living in the hills of Provence. France is conjured through scented breezes, versatile set design and fantastic puppetry, as well as some hilarious French language wordplay. The theme is undeniably environmental, but without a hint of eco-preachiness (though I left in so happy a mood that I probably would have hugged a tree). This is storytelling at its very best.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 1-14 Aug, 3.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Holly Close]