Reviewer: David Doyle
Three performers tell three tales, in which the number three is a constant factor. That’s the premise of Wrongsemble’s Three, an adept alternative look at traditional fairy tales. The piece from Rose Bruford College has enough to entertain children while also having enough jokes to amuse their parents. It’s a cleverly staged, well-told hour of theatre that showcases some real burgeoning talent.Using some well-known fairy tales as a launching pad, the show delves into a world of magic, mischief, and morality that captures both the spirit of the original tales while also bringing them up to date for a modern audience. With infectious energyand sweet
Using some well-known fairy tales as a launching pad, the show delves into a world of magic, mischief, and morality that captures both the spirit of the original tales while also bringing them up to date for a modern audience. With infectious energyand sweet songs, the show cleverly interlocks several stories to create an enchanting story. Smart plotting, as well as well-chosen characters, are the hallmarks of the show, which seamlessly blends storytelling and live music.
Some of the best-known characters and tales are on show including, Goldilocks, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. While darker elements of the original tales are somewhat disappointingly omitted for a more saccharine outlook, there’s still enough mischief in the piece to allow the cast to offer a nice message for young audiences.
With some clever design, exemplary storytelling, and raucous energy, Three is a step above most family entertainment. The trio of performers is a joy to watch, and their performances and musicality markthem out as an ensemble with real talent. With such talent on display, Threereally is the perfect start to a day at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Runs until 15August 2016