Edinburgh Festival: Handmade Tales (3 stars)

Tap Tap Theatre is a young company on the brink of excellence. This madcap, high-octane collection of six original fairytales is equally as fun and inventive as their other family-friendly show, Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time, which has audiences queuing out of the door and down the street.

It’s delivered at such a pace there is neither time to get bored nor to consider anything in any real detail.

Character after character is imaginatively brought to life with great physicality by the cast, accompanied by bouncing live violin music.

While some of the very young kids look slightly scared by its whirlwind nature, the older ones are mesmerised. And there are a good few references for adults too.

The pace also means there’s little time for any real emotion – which is a shame when we are introduced to a grandmother who is losing her memory, only for her to get absorbed into the hustle and bustle.

However, it’s an undeniably invigorating ride from a group that – with more focus on a smaller number of relationships and stories – could achieve great things.

Written for The Scotsman

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