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Mr Tiger Goes Wild

Emmanuel Ogunjinmi and Dan McGarry in Mr Tiger Goes Wild. Photo: Richard Davenport Emmanuel Ogunjinmi and Dan McGarry in Mr Tiger Goes Wild. Photo: Richard Davenport

Goblin Theatre’s delightful Edinburgh-debut production of Matt Borgatti’s stage adaptation of Peter Brown’s best-selling picture book is a real treat for its target three-plus audience and very pleasing for accompanying adults. A finely crafted piece of musical theatre with comedy, dance and mime, it rollicks along in Hannah Sibai’s ingenious set of mini-drawing room arranged for afternoon tea which transforms into jungle music venue.

Victorian-era Mr. Tiger and Mr. Deer, played with gusto and well-honed stage and musical skills by Dan McGarry and Emmanuel Ogunjinmi, entertain with jolly Gilbert and Sullivansque ditties ‘Good Day, Mr. Tiger’ and ‘I’m Perfectly Fine with the Way Things Are’. Hilarity rises with slapstick and dashes into the audience to greet children as fellow fauna: ‘Hallo, Miss Crab!’; ‘Good Morning, Mr. Goat!’

Yearning to abandon orderly life and discover his wild self, Mr. Tiger discards solemn morning coat for orange and striped tiger skin and heads into the jungle. Soon he gets everyone on their feet making tiger gestures and noises to rock-era strains of ‘Out Here in the Wilderness’.

Will Dollard’s catchy songs to piano, drums, guitar and ukulele, many comic moments from Tiger and Deer, and bags of lively audience engagement complete this laughter-packed family show, soon touring to Ipswich, Stratford-on-Avon and London.

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Memorably creative children's music theatre with all-family appeal