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Aimed at ages three and over. the shows vocal narration comes from none other than Rik Mayall. And, given that this production it; a madcap concoction of music. buffoonery and puppetry. lvlavall's slightly hysterical tones WI” no doubt add to the humour. (Sian Bevanl I P/egwnce Courtyard, 5:56 ($5130. -l-r;’;'Ai/g, loop/n. 5‘)" 3‘8 il‘:'>.:’>() l‘tifilli. l’retiews until (3 Aug).

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Monster fun on a global scale

Environmental problems may be increasineg obvious to adults. but teaching children about the cause and effect of modern life can be tricky. Which is why writer. Leon Fleury had to strike a balance between education and entertainment when he penned envrronmental show. The Green Meanie.

'We'ye touched on animal extinction. destruction of the rainforest. global warming. pollution and recyclrng.‘ says Fleury. ‘But realistically all we are trying to do is give children an awareness that every action they take has an effect. and that the effect can be far reaching.‘

Set now. and 20 years in the future. The Green Mean/e follows a little girl With a long list of wants. The eponyiitous monster is happy to oblige. oblivious to the destruction he causes along the way. Until finally. the girl is forced to make some changes.

'Primarily. The Green Mean/e is a fun tourney. With crazy pltySical performances and great stOrytelling,' says Fleury. 'And hopefully, along the way children wrll learn a few things about the world' iKeIly Apteri I The Green Room. 220 0885. 5—26 Aug. 77.3Oam, [6—57 @546).

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Double act cabaret for kids

As one half of children's theatre company. Tall Stories. Toby Mitchell has had a conSiderable ant/aunt of Fringe Success. Add to that his penchant for one-man comedy shows


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James Campbell is the guy that does stand-up comedy for kids, and has carved out a very nice niche for himself in entertaining the harshest critics on the planet. However, not content with that, this Fringe he‘s going one step further by running two shows simultaneously, featuring the same cast

who’ll run from room to room.

Sounds like a logistical and emotional nightmare and begs the question why? He explains that it came after the success of last year‘s Onomatopoeia Society. ‘One of the cast members became so good I thought they needed a spin-off show,‘ says Campbell. ‘80 we created The Spinistry of Moonen'sm. They‘re in the same world so it seemed like a good idea.’ But the boy isn’t stupid. and has written a ‘Something‘s Gone Wrong Song’ that all the players can perform to plug any awkward gaps.

The Society is dedicated to onomatopoeia, and finding a better way of describing things than boring old fwahflaffle (ridiculous) English. In a world where chomp-eek-parp means squirrel, anything could. and probably will, happen. Mr Campbell explains the best way to enjoy the shows: ‘First of all you don’t have to have seen parts one and two, that‘s very important. You can see them either way round. If you’re a family of four, then two go and see one, two the other, talk about it over the evening and then swap the next day - that's the perfect way to do it.‘ (Sian Bevan)

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such as A British Gurde to World Peace. and he's a very busy man. He‘s not too busy to dash off another helping of kids theatre. however, as Cat and No Mouse will ably prove.

The show was Originally derelooeo with Tall Stories and then ran off in its own unique direction] exolains

writer and director, Mitchell 'Ari'l nor: its a bit like l/lorer,arnbe and Wine Crossed .‘Jllll Tom and Jerry, telling stories from the Brothers Grimm Featuring storytelling, (,Ulllh‘fly. dance numbers and mar ir, trial/u. (gal and 7/0 Mouse follow". the f‘fll’llll’} exploits of a double act xx! x, constantly disagree. ‘The arcs; in all about the pOSSibilities of stor/telling.‘ says Mitchell. ‘The strange places /ou can take a Simple stony. and whether two unequal characters can ever really be frrends.‘ lKelly Apteri I C, 0845 2607234, 3-27Ai/g rrrot 73/. 70.30am, £6.60—F850 (£4.50—E650).