Sammy J In The Forest Of Dreams

It’s what would happen if the cast of Avenue Q had decided to have a knife-fight in the Disney world of Enchanted. It’s a Muppet Show with a very potty mouth, set down an Alice In Wonderland rabbit-hole where the King of the magical land has 100% cherry tax and is less than benevolent to his subjects.Opening with the song ‘F*** You, Disney’, you quickly realise where the tone of this is heading. Sammy J, in collaboration with master puppeteer, Heath McIver has created a late-night adult show that parodies the fantasy genre completely. It’s inhabited by foul-mouthed talking trees, raunchy wenches with big nipples and a couple of mean looking sparrows who can create an hysterical reaction with a wonderful economy of dialogue.Yes, a lot of the humour relies on shocking rudeness, but this show is designed for a late-night crowd who’ve had a chance to visit the bar. Sammy J knows his audience and he occasionally pushes over the fourth wall to bring them into the story. Puppets have conversations with the crowd, and Sammy gets the odd (sometimes even willing) volunteer to work the props. It’s not totally perfect, and you sometimes get the feeling this well-lubricated audience is getting restless between scene changes; but that’s a minor quibble for an otherwise well-polished and excellently presented show.

Reviews by Pete Shaw

Assembly George Square Studios

The House

★★★★★
theSpace on the Mile

Grace Notes

★★★
Greenwich Theatre

The Jungle Book

★★★
Greenwich Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

★★★★
Multiple Venues

A Spoonful Of Sherman

★★★★★
Pleasance Theatre

Assassins

★★★★

The Blurb

The smash hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe is back! A show for anyone who was force-fed Disney films as a child. It's a musical. For adults. With puppets. Book early!