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Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 8:51 pm
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Shark In The Park (The Show)

‘There’s a shark, there’s a shark, there’s a shark in the park…’ I saw this show on Friday, and I swear I’ve been humming that song ever since.

Like the performance it’s catchy, it’s fun and it stays true to the three books by Nick Sharratt: Shark In the Park, Shark In the Dark, and Shark In the Park On A Windy Day.

Timothy Pope is looking through his brand new telescope – but wait! What’s this he spies? Is that a shark? In the park!? This musical family adventure comes from the producers of Hairy Maclary’s Cat Tales and features a trio of highly talented actor-musicians.

Indeed, the cast manages to be engaging and funny without being saccharine-sweet or too over-the-top. There’s a lot for three actors to do – not least when you’re successfully playing a myriad of multi-generational characters (and, of course, avoiding sharks!)

The 7 year old, who once practically wore out the library books, had decided before the performance began that he was ‘too old’ for Shark In The Park now. Fair enough – the age ‘guide’ suggests he’s at the upper limit – but as I told him, you’re never too old for a good show. Once he got the initial eye-rolling out of the way, he really did enjoy himself, finding the bedroom routine, between Timothy and his dad, hilarious (‘Mum, that’s just like you and me,’ he hissed very loudly and proceeded to quote the all-too-accurate exchange verbatim half the way home).

I, on the other hand, would have gone just to see the tongue-in-cheek Elvis impersonations – though explaining ‘singers from olden days’ to Mr 7 filled up the rest of the walk home.

On a practical level, the pop-up theatre space is warm, accessible and spacious. My only gripe is that for many people it’s an expensive 60 minutes worth of entertainment – tickets start at £11.00 and there are no concessions for children, over two – but that’s the way of theatre in general.

Definitely a fun, non-Christmassy, festive treat.

Performed by ABA International Touring, Nonsense Room Productions & Macrobert Arts Centre

Festival Square Spiegeltent

Running until 6th January 2018

For more information and booking details go to: www.edinburghschristmas.com

 

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