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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Greatest Liar in all the World – The Warren Main House

Reviewer: Simon Topping

Bursting onto the stage, a two-bit mentalist act and band of assistants try and raise enthusiasm in the crowd. It is not forthcoming. Feeling the need to end it all, the world-weary impresario attempts the “two-inch bullet catch”. But, just as he is about to pull the trigger, is persuaded by his companions to tell the story of his infamous origins.

The Greatest Liar in all the World is a magical retelling of the Pinocchio story; a possible reality if the puppet boy had carried on telling tales and made a living out of it as a circus sideshow. But, what a terrible toll all the preposterous fibs have taken on The Greatest Liar. Desperate and close to self-destruction, will he ever rediscover his first and one true love?

Famila de la Noche, blend clowning and puppetry in a very funny and poignant way. The three assistants to the Greatest Liar are reminiscent of Wakko, Yakko and Dot from the 1990’s classic cartoon, Animaniacs and the piano accompaniment throughout the piece is beautiful.

All the performances are strong and the audience laughs hard at the whittling scene and the deranged ramblings of the Fox and Cat characters in particular. There is also some amazing shadow puppetry which crosses the stage in a most amusing and inventive way.

This is a very engaging story, told in an accessible way; an offbeat morality tale for all the family.

Runs 1,3,4 June 2017 at The Warren Main House  |  @brightonfringe

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