â€˜Thereâ€™s a shark, thereâ€™s a shark, thereâ€™s a shark in the parkâ€¦â€™ I saw this show on Friday, and I swear Iâ€™ve been humming that song ever since.
Like the performance itâ€™s catchy, itâ€™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 â€“ but wait!Â What’s this he spies?Â Is that a shark?Â In the park!? This musical family adventure comes from the producers ofÂ Hairy Maclaryâ€™s Cat TalesÂ 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. Thereâ€™s a lot for three actors to do â€“ not least when youâ€™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 â€˜too oldâ€™ for Shark In The Park now. Fair enough â€“ the age â€˜guideâ€™ suggests heâ€™s at the upper limit â€“ but as I told him, youâ€™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 (â€˜Mum, thatâ€™s just like you and me,â€™ 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 â€“ though explaining â€˜singers from olden daysâ€™ 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 itâ€™s an expensive 60 minutes worth of entertainment â€“ tickets start at Â£11.00 and there are no concessions for children, over two â€“ but thatâ€™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