Dr Longitude's Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie

Les Enfants Terribles

Pleasance Courtyard

From 30 July 2014 to 25 August 2014

Rating: *****

Review by Liam Blain

Les Enfants Terribles has done it again. Puppets, sing-alongs and wondrous stories for all the family; this brilliantly bonkers hour is one not to be missed in the last week of the fringe.

As the company of Dr Longitude's Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie retell their stories of how they came to collect a group of extraordinary creatures, the audience join them and the fun begins.

From the tale of the Bubble Wasp to the quest for the Big Paw, the five-strong cast use ingenious theatrical methods to convey the stories to the excitable audience, from mind blowing props to their speech in rhyming couplets.

Alongside this, massive puppets of all creeds and colours portray the animals for which the ensemble is hunting. Each of these is exquisitely made and adds seamlessly to the jaw-dropping nature of this performance.

This production is certainly not only for the kids amongst us, with the adults kept on their toes as much as the children. A brief moment of fabulous randomness brings a poster of Nigel Farage’s face to the stage and the appearance of a sheep that looks like Mick Jagger has hilarity booming through the aisles.

The acting is on top form from all involved and the concept deserves commendation itself.

Overall, Dr Longitude's Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie is one not to be missed, so go join the search and you’re sure to have fun along the way.