Who could resist the story of an innocent little girl with a heart of gold who changes the lives of everyone she meets?
This is, of course, the description of Heidi in Johanna Spyri’s classic Alpine story. Just in case it is too saccharin for you, though, it is narrated in Andrew Pollard’s highly original adaption by an anarchically funny herd of mountain goats who also play the multitude of human roles.
This ensures plenty of silly and very occasionally rude fun for the youngsters out front, along with Spyri’s message about loyalty and friendship. But best of all, director Lee Lyford and his six players also bring the adults on board with a rapid-fire mix of modern humour, a musical score that stretches from Carl Orff to country and western, and a final reconciliation scene between Heidi (Caroline Horton) and Peter the goatherd (Tom Wainwright) set in Rick’s bar in Casablanca (don’t ask).
Add in the argumentative bleating of the four hilarious mountain goats, plus some traditional yodelling and clog dancing, and the company is undoubtedly on a Swiss roll. Why, the Egg cafe has even come up with an array of edible Alpine delicacies for the occasion.