The story centres around a sector of the Realm of Tales where storybook characters re-live their stories over and over again, with no knowledge of the existence of other fairytales. However, a rogue impostor infiltrates the stories, giving the characters a red book which details other stories – and once enlightened about other characters and their stories, they go in search of each other, resulting in chaos as they leave their own surroundings.
Enter our intrepid heroes – Twaddle, Babble, Jabber and Pap, who are given the task of tracking down the lost characters, solving the mystery of the red books and returning the characters to their own stories. The resulting adventure is broken up by performances from two very enthusiastic newsreaders and some funny scenes with the Truth Tellers, who provide feedback to the Storyboard Commission on the state of the stories.
I was impressed by the acoustics and the play has a really funky, cool soundtrack. The set design is very clever, colourful and makes good use of a small stage – the set pieces will be auctioned off this Saturday, 1st July at 3pm to help Pegasus Theatre raise money for its new building. Discussions with the set director and the chance to view the set are available after each showing.
This is a really fun, light-hearted tale with some fantastic, enthusiastic performances from some really talented young Oxford actors. The crowd was full of proud parents and siblings, and there were plenty of laughs throughout – do go and see this play, and take your youngsters with you – look out for the very bad wig, the giant’s legs, and the blingage!