Girl Scouts vs Aliens

If there was an alien invasion of planet earth who would you want to represent the human race? Politicians, David Attenborough, The cast and crew of Stranger Things? What about a group of Girl Scouts? After seeing this show I know who I would pick. Here’s a hint, they all have been awarded their fire safety badge and can toast the perfect marshmallow.

Wonderfully innocent, nostalgic yet absolutely kick-ass

The only true barometer for the success of a children’s show is the size of the smiles of the young audience member’s faces as they leave. By this measure Girl Scouts vs Aliens was off the charts. Arguably, handing out free (untoasted) marshmallows on exit is cheating in this test, but the smiles were about far more than that. Escape Production present a wonderfully innocent, nostalgic yet absolutely kick-ass story of a Girl Scout Camp gone wrong when something mysterious crash lands in their field. The four best friends set out on an adventure of singing, science and learning to accept each other for who they are not matter what. It was truly wonderful to see classic scouting hit campfire song such as Thunderation, Bananas Of The World Unite and Everywhere We Go get the moment in the spotlight which they have always deserved. For anyone who has been or is currently involved in the Scouting/Guiding movement this will bring back all sorts of camp memories, while still being accessible and hilarious to those who have never stepped foot and a tent and don’t know their bowline knots from their clove hitches.

Each of the four performers does an excellent job of keeping the excitement and energy high and interact with the kids in the audience very well. There is plenty of interactivity for the audience, one of the most effective examples being the use of the front row children as their prop box. A special mention has to go to Georgina Hanson who plays the oddball, food loving northerner Olive. As a performer she is remarkably funny, charming and creates an instant rapport with the children.

This knock-out performance is not just for young Scouts but a captivating production which will be appreciated by mums, dads and visiting aliens alike. It has a whole lot of heart, a whole lot of laughter and just the right amount of luminous extra-terrestrials.

Reviews by Gillian Bain

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★★★★★
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Get ready for the greatest low-fi sci-fi comedy adventure on Earth! Our four teen heroes are on their last ever camp, when an alien spaceship lands in the next field. With only camping kit, scouting skills and toasted marshmallows, can the girls save the world and keep the gang together? Prepare for puppetry, physical theatre, fist-pumping pop music, survival skills and science in this hilarious adventure from Escapade Productions. 'Captivating... one of the most enjoyable hours I've spent at this festival' ***** (ThreeWeeks, for The Ruby in the Smoke, 2016).

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