‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ Review

The Boy Who Cried WolfA suitably overcast afternoon in Ilkley provided the perfect wintery backdrop to tutti frutti’s Aesop-inspired production of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. As we entered the hall of All Saints’ School, we were greeted by the three actors, all dressed for winter, knitting busily and inviting the young audience to sit on blankets at the front of the hall. Any worries that this would result in children disrupting the performance by seeking out their parents quickly proved unfounded, as the audience were spellbound for the full hour of the show.

The styling of the stage and the use of the props meant it was easy to be transported to a wintery wonderland. Boxes within boxes were opened to reveal a village of tiny illuminated houses which were laid out in front of the children. At points, handfuls of ‘snow’ were scattered around the stage and white bunting draped around the set added to the snowy atmosphere.

The three cast members performed the key roles of Silas, his mother and grandfather very well but for me, the sheep stole the show! Sporting woolly hats and a cheeky wiggle, they conveyed an apathy to Silas’ sheep-herding efforts and a strong dislike of the cold.

Music was a key element of the show, with the actors playing fiddles, accordions and guitars and even using the clicking of knitting needles to accompany their songs. The merriment of the winter party scene captured the sense of a good knees-up in the midst of the hardship of winter and had the audience clapping along.

Judging by the warm reception given to the show by its young audience, it should be equally well-received when it tours Hong Kong and Singapore in the New Year.

This event was reviewed at Ilkley Literature Festival. For all the behind-the-scenes info about Ilkley Literature Festival, visit The Pickled Egg, the festival’s official blogger.
To find out more about tutti frutti productions – the team behind the show – visit their website. You can also follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.
‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ image by Jacky Fleming.

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