Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose is a light-hearted comedy production appealing to everyone’s childish humour. As one half of the comedy duo gets ready for bed, tucked in with toy moose, Marvin, so life-size Marvin emerges.
Cleverly staged to allow Marvin to wreak havoc. The fun of the piece is in the clowning around, mime and audience participation. Quickly into the piece you can hear the youngest children chortling around. And laughter is contagious, so before long adults are joining in.
With inventive costume changes revealing Captain Cauliflower, a spaceman as well as arch-nemesis – Onion Man, there is much to find funny. The comedy duo play off each other, running around the stage, sharing bubbles and squirting water. At times there’s a glint in their eyes, that they can’t believe how much the children are laughing either.
Because this is the thing, as Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose, Dan Lees and Neil Frost seem to have found the silliness formula. There is simplicity and well planned interaction in achieving this. There is pantomine-style laughs and creativity in the interaction.
Again, like much of our experience in immersing ourselves in the Fringe for a week, we have the problem of the target age for the audience. Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose is advertised for 4 and older. It was watching the long queues for the show at the Assembly Roxy which drew us both in. (Along with Seren’s current love of Captain Underpants). But it wasn’t to be for my 9 year-old who wasn’t feeling her silly. Looking around the audience there were other older siblings who looked the same way.
Thinking about my 7 year-olds I would imagine they would have loved this. Advertising Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose as a family show targeted at 4 – 7 year-olds may be a more accurate guide for this production.
Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose is at the Assembly Roxy as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can catch the show at 13.15 until Sunday 26th August 2018.
Disclosure: We have media accreditation for the Fringe Festival. All views and opinions contained are our own.