Children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang
Children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang

Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★★ Presented as part of the From Start to Finnish showcase from Finland, this is a bizarre but enthusiastically well-composed kids show based on the novel by Barbro Lindgren, in which little Masarin (Meri Anna Hulkkonen) lives with his dressing …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe children’s show review: Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock

★★★

Presented as part of the From Start to Finnish showcase from Finland, this is a bizarre but enthusiastically well-composed kids show based on the novel by Barbro Lindgren, in which little Masarin (Meri Anna Hulkkonen) lives with his dressing gown-wearing dad Loranga, who likes listening to pop music and bashing nuts with boots, and grandad Dartanjang. They plat hockey with brushes and bread rolls, and Masarin dreams of going to the prison to meet the thieves. They’re a charming, clowning trio, playful but wary of all the tigers sitting in the audience; if you’re going to see this, you’d better prepare your best roar.

Soon, reality intrudes on even such an idyllic life. The grumpy old Scottish man next door comes to stick his head over the fence and complain, they’re arrested by the police and guilelessly robbed by Gustav the thief – Scott Kyle interprets these multiple roles with style – and dad must find a job in order to pay for all those hotdogs they eat. It’s a clever, deftly accomplished piece containing no small amount of cheerful whimsy and physical invention, although its more wilfully madcap stretches are perhaps a bit shouty for smaller or more timid children.

Pleasance Dome (Venue 23)

Published in The Scotsman

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