Children’s show review: I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Kelly Apter
This production is set to tour libraries later in 2013, which couldn’t be more perfect. Not just because the story itself is set in a library, but because this gentle yet thought-provoking show is more suited to that arena than a theatrical space.
Michael Morpurgo’s moving tale of a young boy who saves books from his local library, set ablaze by soldiers during the Second World War, can be hard for younger readers/viewers to take in. But the set-up here, where a friendly librarian welcomes back a local storyteller to speak to the children, makes it accessible and fun.
Strong though the performances are, the real star of this show is the set. Piles of books adorn the stage (added to by the young audience, who can bring a book along to swap for one they haven’t read – a stroke of genius) and at first they all look fairly static. But as the show progresses, book after book is picked up and opened, to reveal all manner of things inside – from a Russian doll-style set of incrementally smaller books, to an entire burning village.
MORE INFO: I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), until 26 August
Originally published in The Scotsman