Beatrix Potter’s the Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck & The Tale of Peter Rabbit at Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows (Venue 360) is one of those hidden gems of The Fringe that I always hope to find. It’s not often that we cover children’s shows on this website, but the eternal magic of Beatrix Potter’s immortal stories appeal I think to the child still in every one of us.
This production from Michelle Todd (as Beatrix Potter), Jimmy Jewell and Children’s Classic Concerts is simply a well thought out production in words, song and sounds that will hold the attention of any adult for an hour just as easily as it captures the imaginations of its younger audience.
Michelle Todd is a very skilled performer and story teller and testament to that skill is the fact that in a tent full of young children, barely a sound could be heard as she captivated them with her stories pulling them completely into the world of Beatrix Potter, and bringing Jemima Puddle-Duck and Peter Rabbit alive in the imaginations of her audience.
Apart from the stories, there is also the equally important work being done here of introducing children at an early age not only to story telling and theatre but also to music and the sounds that the different instruments on stage make when played, as every character in the stories is allocated their own instrumental sound.
Take the children along certainly, but don’t feel that you need any to go to this show, make a trip on your own…just let Michelle Todd and the magic of Beatrix Potter take you back to the childhood wonder of hearing a story being told.
Review by Tom King