Children’s show review: The Scarecrows’ Wedding
Children’s show review: The Scarecrows’ Wedding

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Scarecrows’ Wedding, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter ★★★ Adaptations of Julia Donaldson books are threatening to take over the world, one rhyme at a time. You can see the draw: they’re a guaranteed box office hit in the busy market of children’s theatre. But if there’s one …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: The Scarecrows’ Wedding, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kelly Apter

★★★

Adaptations of Julia Donaldson books are threatening to take over the world, one rhyme at a time. You can see the draw: they’re a guaranteed box office hit in the busy market of children’s theatre. But if there’s one thing we all love about a Donaldson story, it’s that it never pauses for breath. There’s always something happening that makes you want to turn the page.

Much the same can be said of her own busy and bustling show, also at this year’s Fringe. But Scamp Theatre’s new production of The Scarecrows’ Wedding has a slight air of sluggishness about it, which leads to more seat wriggling than you would expect from this lively tale.

The set looks gorgeous – a grassy hill for scarecrows Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay to climb on, a living room for the farmer to sit in. The songs are well played and beautifully sung – and Muireann Bird (as Betty O’Barley) has a smile that lights up the room. There are also some nice touches when the set and direction come together cleverly, including an armchair which transforms first into a car, then the fire that almost burns Betty. A bit more pace and they’d have something special here.

Underbelly George Square (venue 300), until 31 August, 2:50pm

Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015

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