Theatre review: Fox
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Fox at theSpace @ Surgeons’ Hall (Venue 53), reviewed by David Pollock
There is a wood, and within it live some very strange people. Like Rathbone Ratty and Mr Jeremy Badger, for example, and the Fox family, all anthropomorphically realised by the young cast of theatre company Scratchworks, taking generous amounts of inspiration from Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox and the physicality of Chaplin, an intentional homage to both. There is also an interesting, jazz-heavy soundtrack, featuring artists such as Duke Ellington and Booker T and the MGs. It’s a well-worked piece whose thin narrative substance won’t go down badly with the younger kids at whom it is aimed.
Not much happens, but there is lots of fun on the way as they explore the wood and the tunnels beneath, with the youthful cast employing some well-formed clowning skills to bring the animals of the wood to life, including the cheeky Foxes and a lazily ruminating big green toad.
It’s all-action, and the format is sharpened with a bit of shadowplay through the tunnels and a continuous flipchart narrative running alongside it. In this respect the play has the quality of a silent movie, and none of the likeable and hard-working performances dispel this sense of expressive old Hollywood in full colour and live action.
Until tomorrow. Today 1:10pm
Originally published in The Scotsman