Colin Bartlett gives a thumbnail sketch of another Edinburgh Fringe production by Modl Theatre, from Korea:
A delightful well-crafted show for children and adults
I’m much older than a child, but I liked it a lot, and the others in the audience, both children and adults, seemed to be enjoying it as well. The production values and care taken are at a very high level: costumes; scenery; lighting; and some of the performers are waiting in costume just outside the performance space before the show to greet the audience, especially the children — so take a camera for that.
The performances are very sharp: for example, the hen and chicks move like chickens, and the sparrow has some of the street hip credibility of Cat from Red Dwarf!
The story is easy to follow, and there is also some English dialogue to help. (And the back of the postcard flyer gives some useful background).
This year edfringe.com doesn’t have links to external reviews: since two of these write about this show much better than I can, I will copy them here:
Three Weeks rating :
Greeted by a very friendly giant white puppy, any adult audience member will quickly realise that this show is mainly intended for children; but he or she will nonetheless be charmed by much of what follows. The story begins when the aforementioned dog does his doggy business and the resulting poo magically transforms into our surprisingly sweet faecal protagonist. The story is a charming parable of the natural world, told through narrative dance, which explores the existential theme of self-worth (ugly duckling style). A spectacular lights show is the highlight: young and old will be enthralled as stars dance before their eyes. The performances are faultless, the costumes marvellous, the special effects dazzling; overall, a beautiful production.
The Stage a “Must See” (Review by Brian G Cooper):
Modl Theatre’s lively and colourful presentation of Jung-Saeng Kwon’s children’s fairy tale best-seller certainly enhances Korean companies’ reputation for theatrical excellence at the Fringe in recent years.
Its unlikely theme of a doggy-poo everyone rejects as disgusting, but is finally welcomed by a dandelion seed to enable it to bloom, is brought to life with boundless charm and great visual appeal by the talented, young, six-member cast and narrator Na-Eun Park.
Brown furry-clad Yoo-Sin Seol delights as cute Doggy-poo, sadly rejected by Clod of Earth, a large, elaborately feathered Sparrow, and multi-hued Mother Hen and Chicks, all zestfully dancing and wildly gesticulating their disapproval. But borne by the Spring Wind, Dandelion Seed proves Doggy-poo is useful after all, as she bursts out of rain-washed poo into glorious yellow blossom.
Delightfully costumed, these endearing characters’ quick movements and short dance sequences – composed by Eun-Ha Kim and Soo-Jung Seok – inter-woven with comic action and set to Seung-Hwan Yang’s catchy tunes, maintain the pace under Jung-Sook Kim’s tight direction.
Modl Theatre triumphs with this very joyful piece with all-age appeal.
The Dandelion’s Story runs till 31 August 2009.