Review by a 9 Year Old
Wilde Creatures was about a dull town at the start which needed a new statue for the town square and three of them
wanted to not have the mayor as the statue so they suggested 3 people (the miller, the student and the princess).
They told a story about each person and then we got to choose if we wanted them or not. The miller voted NO, the
student was voted NO and the princess was voted NO. So there was no statue in the end and the town was decorated
in flowers and the mayor told the people to take down the signs saying KEEP OUT and let everyone enjoy the Town
Square. There were songs which were very good and our favourite was the one they played at the start called Wilde
This was a great show and I recommend it to anyone who likes stories and music.
Review by a 'Grown Up'
'Wilde Creatures' chosen for Junior Darkchat's last show at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a children's show, classified as storytelling/music. Four versatile actors/musicians present an adaptation of some of Oscar Wilde's tales for children, skilfully woven together to form one narrative.
The story begins in the town square where 'The Happy Prince' ends and features the darkly comic 'The Devoted Friend', the heart-breaking 'The Rose and the Swallow' and assorted elements from other fables written by the author.
Each individual tale has a strong moral message, as you would expect from a Victorian writer and the overall effect could be ponderous but the mood is skilfully lightened by foot tapping music, charming audience interaction and the sheer energy of the performers. The set, comprising a series of boxes, is skilfully designed and, at the conclusion, opens out to illustrate the beauty of the story's message.
Whilst many children's shows on the Fringe rely on characters from TV shows or high profile current authors to attract an audience, it is pleasing to see there is still an appetite for some classic fables written 130 years ago and which are still relevant today.
Wilde Creatures is at Pleasance Courtyard until August 26th (even days only)
Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) 14.50