Myrtle Chops

Ever wondered what the puppets on CBBC get up to after 7pm? This refreshingly outrageous hodgepodge of cautionary tales might just provide the answer.The appealing cast of four ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ fresh-faced actors delve into the darker areas of modern life transferred through some grotesquely disfigured dolls. Played alongside an infectiously catchy number of narrative songs, each tale is played with gleefully anti-PC aplomb. Despite some clumsy blocking the show itself is downright hilarious, and everyone who was in the packed venue would, I assume, agree as the laughter bounced off the walls. The show is reminiscent somewhat of Tim Burton’s Oyster Boy short stories as they have a very dark and twisted look into childhood. The set and props are all extremely simple and often deliberately shabby to add to the tone of the show. It may not have much depth to it and it may just be an excuse for a bunch of actors to do inappropriate things with their childhood toys, but it still works thanks to a delicious wit on behalf of the writing and a delightful ukulele.

Reviews by Stewart McLaren

Online at www.DavidLeddy.com (with Traverse Theatre)

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The Blurb

Witness foul-mouthed puppets, tuneful ukuleles and a penny whistle as this company of musical moguls and mavericks take audiences through experiences of growing up in today's depraved society. Expect singing, bunting and a rat with an erection.