Children’s Show review: Curse of Pharaoh’s Tomb
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Curse of Pharaoh’s Tomb at Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall (Venue 278), reviewed by Alison Kerr
If you have children aged between five and 12 years, who love Raiders of the Lost Ark and who fantasise about mummy-bashing, this is the show for you – though it should come with a parental warning: that you, the adult, might get injured as your offspring unleashes his inner Indy and practises his newly acquired whipping skills.
The convoluted (and frankly undecipherable, by this grown-up) plot revolves around an ancient curse, an aggrieved mummy, an evil spirit … It wouldn’t matter too much about the plot, but for the fact that this is a full-length play and it would be handy to have a clue what’s going on. Not that the children care: all they are concerned about is when they’re going to get to have a go at the mummy.
Disappointingly for them (and fortunately for parents), most of the regularly spaced, interactive parts of the show involve solving puzzles and helping the archaeologist hero. But just be ready to duck when – at the climax – the kids are handed mini whips and encouraged to take swipes at the errant Egyptian mummy…
MORE INFO: Curse of Pharaoh’s Tomb at Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall (Venue 278), until 25 August
Originally published in The Scotsman