This is a bright, happy, eye catching and cheerful production- exactly what you’d want for a show for younger children. Their version of The Ugly Duckling takes the universally known children’s story and adds a few patches of character development, some songs and a couple of new characters. It works very well, and includes a nice moral message about inner beauty, without letting the story become overly complicated. The jokes for grown-ups could be slightly jarring, occasionally distracting from metaphors that needed to be understood in order to fully enjoy a scene. But clever jokes are good in kids’ plays, especially if they want to keep the adults interested, and here they certainly did. Aside from that it’s pretty typical, but good fun.
C, Aug 1-26, 10.00am.
tw rating 5/5 | [Katherine Cunningham]