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Mr Tiger Goes Wild

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.

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

Production Information

Production
Mr Tiger Goes Wild
Venue
Pleasance Courtyard
City
Edinburgh
Starts
5 August, 2015
Ends
31 August, 2015
Press night
6 August, 2015
Authors
Peter Brown
Adaptation
Matt Borgatti
Composer
Will Dollard, Mary Erskine, David Lydon
Director
James Blakey
Musical director
Will Dollard
Set
Hannah Sibai
Lighting
Alistair Armstrong
Sound
Alistair Armstrong
Costume
Hannah Sibai
Stage manager
Matt Borgatti
Cast includes
Dan McGarry, Emmanuel Ogunjinmi
Producer
Goblin Theatre
Running time
50 mins