There is a rush of productivity in the court of His Bulginess King Cuthbert and Her Muddleheadedness Queen Amnesia. Four babies have been born - Fingers, Thumbs, Hunky and Beauty, offspring of the rotund monarch and his scatterbrained wife. Into the chaos of the situation lands Marty Maguire’s blousy Nanny O’Business, injecting a dose of high-volume anarchy into what has been, until now, a rather polite affair.
Writer/director Michael Poynor, an old hand at this game, employs the voice of a Storyteller to speed the audience through the main events of the familiar fairytale, embellishing the century of slumber with some hugely entertaining segments of audience participation. Against Elroy Ashmore’s medieval-inspired set, rocked along by Mark Dougherty’s irresistible score, Shaun Blaney’s genial, slightly gormless Hunky sets out to woo Orla Gormley’s Beauty, a dumb blonde with an accent that could strip paint. The two have been soulmates since infancy, joining Fingers and Thumbs in ferocious games of pram dodgems while carolling away merrily about smelly nappies, all to the delight of the young audience.
Meanwhile, in this colourful, slick family show, Karen Rush’s sinewy Spectra represents the other half of the battle between good and evil, ceaselessly scheming from the World of Nightmares, inhabited by genuinely scary dragons and ghouls.