Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Fraxi Queen of the Forest, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock.
Part of the joy of this ecologically-themed children’s show is the walk to the exhibition room it’s held in, a leafy green stroll through the city’s Botanic Garden.
It’s the perfect setting for Asylon Theatre’s sweet fable, a simple, fun story about Fraxi, the beautiful ash tree who gives life to the forest, her light covering of leaves allowing nutritious sunshine down to the forest floor. She’s joined by an annoying caterpillar friend who keeps asking everyone in the audience for food, and Woody the woodcutter’s son, bonded to her for life, from childhood and even after he goes off to college.It’s a sweet tale simply told, and suitable for young children.
The four performers present the story in compelling, vibrantly physical style, with wonderful DIY costumes and a bit of gentle interactivity with the children in the audience enriching the experience.
In Jack Dickson’s story we learn of friendship and mortality, told in terms of the cycle of nature, and director Marta Mari has ensured that the nicely freighted educational content comes across smoothly and without preaching. It’s probably best enjoyed as part of a morning trip to the Botanics.
Royal Botanic Garden (Venue 84) until 23 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015
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