Modest Predicament bring a beautifully enchanting tale to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the shape of The Dragon and the Whales. Brought to life by Harriet Rafferty and Georgie Mac, we are introduced to an upcycling feast of magic to create the play’s namesakes.
The story goes that a dragon lives alone on an island in the middle of the sea. After flying too far from home, it is a friendly whale which rescues her and brings her home. A dragon lays only one egg in their lifetime. We are fortunate to bear witness to our dragon laying a golden egg. With the golden egg in the sight of pirates, the dragon has no choice but to flee with the egg. After the egg falls into the sea, it is adopted by the whales. The egg hatches and the baby dragon is nurtured alongside the whales. Aware of the differences, the dragon eventually returns home, with the whales and her mother as family.
There is something wonderfully magical about being near the sea, and somehow this production creates it perfectly. There is a sense of peace which fills the space at the Assembly Roxy, and allows the actors to draw the audience into the tale.
With a lampshade for a dragon’s head, and part of an umbrella for its wings, The Dragon and the Whales takes a child’s imagination and stretches it within this tale. The melodic telling of the tale enabling the piece to gain momentum and find rhythm which suits the adventures which are told. Utilising audience interaction, puppetry and song, there is much to engage the audience.
Seren and I were both agreed the 3-10 age range suited this piece. The story and its telling were engaging, humorous and full of adventure. Whilst the story itself is a joy, it is in stretching the imagination through the performance which lends itself to the creativity of older and younger children alike. A must-see children’s show for anyone visiting the Edinburgh Fringe.
The Dragon and the Whales is at the Assembly Roxy as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can catch the performance at 12.00 until Monday 27th August.
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