A “Must See” From The Stage, Edinburgh *jumps with joy*

The Cast Schmoozing The Royal Mile

Woohoo, what joy!  We got a “Must See” recommendation from The Stage, Edinburgh Review.

*Squeels with delight*

I’ve printed it out here in full in case you missed it on t’interweb.

*Covers mouth with hands & giggles hysterically*

And I’ve highlighted the best bits in bold to make it easier for you to read.

*Punches fist in the air*

I Theatre of Singapore, in association with Toto Tales of Edinburgh, transports young audiences to somewhere special in Africa, to sit in the shade of the great Baobab Tree and listen to the wondrous stories its magic inspires.

*Runs rapidly around the room*

Ultra-lively staging with quick-paced dance and movement, catchy songs, eye-catching multi-coloured costumes, including the many-hued ‘storyteller’s coat’, brightly-painted scenery and a splendid array of superbly crafted puppets, animal masks and headgear – and very focused acting – bring the tales to life in totally captivating style.

*Kneels down, looks up, mouthing thank you*

The Hilarious Jon Lum

Mara Menzies as the exuberant storyteller and Hang Qian Chou as the persistent Hare introduce a motley of quirky characters – Hyena who finally learns to laugh, irritable Lion who just wants to sleep, posh-accented Zebra always pushing into the spotlight (hilariously played by Jonathan Lum), Monkey who cleverly escapes being gobbled by Coco the sad but ever-hungry crocodile.

*Wraps arms around the computer and the dog*

When Coco, an endearing almost life-size puppet, finally grabs young Ostrich, the latter is saved only after lots of pulling – which explains why ostriches have such long necks.

*Nods enthusiastically*

Chou and Lum quick-change to play all the animals, with Menzies a many-feathered Mother Ostrich.

*Nods some more*

Rollicking along with good audience rapport and lots of panto-style participation, this is ideal entertainment for young – and very young – children.”

*Hunts down Brian G Cooper to offer big hugs*

Review by Brian G Cooper
Published online at 10:29 on Monday 08 August 2011

We love you Brian G Cooper.  Thank you very much.  

And thank you to The Stage too.  *Grins from ear to ear*

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About TotoTales

Toto Tales brings African stories to life through the arts. We find and create incredible, inspiring, heart warming, tragic, humorous stories from across Africa, and share them with a variety of audiences across the world. We collaborate with various artists and strive to produce high quality works that while simple are far from being simplistic.
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