Storyteller Storyteller is quite simply the most brilliant piece of children's theatre ever devised. It's that simple. In fact, it would be fair to say that it is one of the best pieces of farcical, comedic theatre at the Fringe this year. The execution is perfect, and can be consumed by fringe goers at any intellectual level. But it is perfect for overstressed adults.
Let me explain, I've not gone mad (or perhaps I have). This show was designed for mindlessness, it requires no concentration, and allows you to just switch off and just allow yourself to laugh at this pure, textbook, brilliant genius. This, I think is the secret to making a good children's show, one that truly transcends all social, political, racial and logical barriers. "How does it do this?" I hear you cry "Surely no show can do that". Well you're wrong, it can. Through two very simple things. One, physical comedy is funny when done well to anyone. Two, the show has no words (Other than "Sorry Mother"). None. It's like listening to the Minions if they were in any way bearable.
There's no plot to speak of, it's just two men that want to tell a story, find out that there's more than one storyteller and they squabble. Comedy ensues. The use of voice in this piece is as key as the use of body-language and props. Pitman and Bates' comedy is impeccable, with superb comedic timing and expression, to say that anything is wrong with this piece would be criminal.
Storyteller Storyteller is in the Waverley Arches on East Market Street (Venue 462), every day of the Fringe Except the 18th, 22nd, and 31st. Performances start at 14:30 and have a run time of 45 minutes Performances are free, and seating is unallocated, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. For more info, click here.