Fortunately for us, the sun shone on a warm August evening for an alfresco adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox performed by the compact touring company Illyria. The story unfolded with the aid of puppetry and live music and song culminating with a singalong finale, ‘Cider Inside Her Inside’. Maybe it was the animal costumes, or the farmers’ masks, or maybe it was the mixture of gentle folky songs and musical sound effects that gave this production a Wicker Man feel (in a good way!). Children were captivated, and the relaxed atmosphere created by families picnicking on rugs in front of the stage made for a perfect evening’s entertainment.
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ROALD Dahl’s cunning trickster was brought to life in a fantastic fashion at the Wardrobe Museum Gardens. The six-strong cast did well in bringing Dahl’s distinctive brand of humour, adventure and dark moralistic meaning to life, aided by some fabulous costumes, clever props and catchy tunes. The farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean were marvellously menacing, the little foxes charmingly not so little, and Fantastic Mr Fox perhaps rather more unequivocally heroic than Dahl intended but appreciated nonetheless. This was a children’s show which the children seemed to thoroughly enjoy, and that surely is the most important thing.