Last Friday’s (Jul 6) sold-out performance was a riot of burping, slurping, snorting and bellowing as two of literature’s most revoltingly rotten characters were brought to life. From Mr Twit picking scraps of dinner out of his straggly beard to Mrs Twit dropping her glass eye into her husband’s beer, the actors appeared to be having a genuinely wonderful time revelling in the pranks and bad behaviour which would see their young audience sent straight to bed after a stern ticking off. The performance invited plenty of audience participation, with much booing and hissing as the terrible Twits captured loveable monkey family the Muggle-Wumps and forced them to perform in their circus.
Herts and Essex Observer
Illyria have never disappointed me with their catalogue of previous touring shows. Each was done with a humorous take and I knew from the start that this one would be another gem. And packed with hilarity it was, with a special pantomime-style production, perfect for the children. The cast of 6 were not just superb actors, but musicians, and stage hands alike. A very talented bunch indeed.