Who is the fastest - the Hare or the Tortoise? It doesn’t matter really, because the fun is in finding out.
Once again, Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company has created a well-crafted gem. Its simply-told new take on this age-old fable is a sheer delight. To captivate a whole audience of children, and the adults they have brought with them, is no doddle. But there is no boredom factor here accompanied by tell-tale loo breaks - the company commands our attention right from the start.
Gwendolyn Scott and Adam Fuller act the parts and operate the puppets - which give an added dimension and scope to the story telling.
Scott is a contented Tortoise, with a generous spirit, while Fuller gives us a competitive, self-satisfied tearaway Hare. Here is a case of hare hype versus tortoise cool.
When the Hare challenges the Tortoise to a competition the odds seem clearly stacked in his favour. The track and field trials become the subject of sports coverage with a couple of puppet birds handling the commentary.
A game of racket ball had to be the ultimate in audience participation with balls whacked out and thrown back by delighted children until the Hare collapses in exhaustion.
A board game, dance-off and, ultimately, a marathon race decide the winner of this most entertaining piece of physical theatre. There is loads of mirth and a few messages as well.
Here is an inventive, happy show complete with feel-good ending.