Ferdinand from Tasty Monster Productions is genuinely one of the nicest productions I have seen. A one man-show starring Luke Tudball, it explores a single dad telling the story of Ferdinand the Bull to his young son and how this tale becomes strikingly relevant to his everyday life and work.

It is remarkably effective and thought-provoking writing

There were only four adults present at this performance, but Tudball successfully engaged with every single one of us. He is a masterful storyteller and thoroughly believable dad. Heather Bagnall’s script is simple on the surface, but deals with surprisingly deep themes of loss, bullying and being different in a world of gender stereotypes. It is remarkably effective and thought-provoking writing. With no children present at this performance, their reaction to it can only be hypothesised. It’s likely that some of the more subtle themes would have escaped them, but the basic message of the script would be clear to all.

It could be argued that proceedings are a little predictable. There’s probably nothing in the terms of the overall moral message that children won’t have encountered in other media. There is also a single moment of audience interaction which feels a bit token and doesn’t feel particularly representative of the rest of the play. However, the story is told ever so well and it is one of those rare shows that is intelligent enough to work for both parents and their children.

Both clever and caring, Ferdinand is a delight to watch.

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The Blurb

A heart-warming yet hard-hitting original drama about family, conflict, loss and growing up. Inspired by the classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand, this is the wonderful and provocative tale of Tom, a single dad, an ordinary man attempting to go with the flow, raise his son, and keep it together in a world of corporate bullying and classroom peer pressure, which is determined to make him fight. Ferdinand will have the whole family cheering as it answers the question, who do you want to be – the bully or the bull? ‘A very good performance’ (PGHStage.com). #KeepingItTasty