“The small girl smiles. One eye flickers,
She whips a pistol from her knickers”
These are the words that brought a packed house down in The Everyman Palace this afternoon as the young audience enjoyed the performance of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. The story of little red riding hood and the three little pigs were brought to life by the Narrator, Chris Schmidt – Martin, who also took on the many personas in a most humours and dramatic way. He was joined on stage by a 11 piece orchestra, not only captivating the audience of young children who would not see an orchestra perform up close that often but also told a story through playful and mischievous music.
I was worried that Lonán (3 year old) would not be entertained by a narrator in a musical setting but when she starting shouting “not by the hair of my chinny chin chin” and “I will huff and puff and blow your house in” I knew I was proven wrong! The highlight for me was when the orchestra sneaked off stage and the children had to remember each instrument and call them back. At the same time it appealed to the older ones with the witty humour and when Thomas (10 years old) said “Is it over already?”it got the seal of approval from me.
It’s a pity it is not running next week as it is an outstanding performance to honour world book day!