Storyteller, Storyteller

Story Pocket Theatre’s Storyteller, Storyteller pits two storytellers against each other in an epic battle of clowning, miming and slapstick comedy. Two storytellers, wearing the same outfits and using the same equipment, encounter one another and begin a funny and wonderfully silly performance, both in cooperation and in competition with each other. This creates a fun and energetic show for children and parents alike.

Storyteller, Storyteller is forty-five minutes of funny and silly clowning and slapstick.

Shock and bemusement follows when Storyteller meets Storyteller, and each begins battling the other to try to tell their story. Thus ensues the mad-cap antics of the two characters as they mime and clown around, very rarely actually speaking, communicating only through noises. The loud nonsense noises can be a little much for some audience members but it’s a guarantee that children will enjoy the ridiculousness it. The stage and setup could have been more decorated, as it was a little simple and bare, but as the actors hold the attention of the audience this rarely matters. The actors do a fantastic job, using both body language and facial expressions to make clear what otherwise would be incomprehensible.

A real sense of space is established, with the actors bringing their mimed surroundings to life only through their body language. From tightrope walking to underwater play, the performance moves from one setting to the next with well-directed fluidity. Both actors keep up a constant parade of energy, and interact with the audience with charm as they go from one fun set-piece to the next. Using magic tricks and creating many different comic scenarios, the characters take the audience on a fun ride of whacky antics both with and against each other.

Storyteller, Storyteller is forty-five minutes of funny and silly clowning and slapstick. The audience was giggling throughout, especially the kids. The ‘story’ is fun, the set-pieces are creative and the talented actors are charismatic. A wonderful, enjoyable and simple show for families, especially with younger children.

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The Blurb

What happens when two children's storytellers arrive at the same place at the same time to tell their stories? And what happens if both of them think that they are the Storyteller? A head-to-head that leads to a feast of clowning, physical silliness and some magical, non-verbal storytelling, that's what! Family fun from Story Pocket Theatre, winner of the Primary Times Children's Choice Award 2014 and the ThreeWeeks Editors' Choice Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.