The Story Beast: Myths, Monsters and Mayhem is a children’s show focused on bringing laughter. Using a mix of mystery and mayhem the performance is high energy and well paced. Featuring The Story Beast, Mandy the Witch Who Loves Under the Sink and a genie there is much fun to be experienced. Throwing in the voices in our heads, there is laughter throughout.
John Henry Falle takes the role of The Story Beast. Humorous, engaging and full of energy, the performance speeds through the hour. With stories of dragons, interspersed with audience participation, the tales are enjoyable and appealing with fun and laughter. The Story Beast has the knack of combining storytelling with theatre, drawing in the young audiences to myths including Beowulf.
The performance is promoted for children aged 6 and over. There is something quite odd, whilst the stories appeal to older children (aged 8+) the performances are pitched for those from age 6. As a result there is some confusion, Mandy the Witch brings in a pantomime element which feels too young for the stories, the stories a little more complex than will keep the attention of 6 year-olds.
The Story Beast: Myths, Monsters and Mayhem offers the potential to provide much to older children if the more frivolous humour is reduced.
The Story Beast: Myths, Monsters and Mayhem is at the Pleasance Courtyard as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can catch the show at 15.15 until Sunday 26th August 2018.
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