Creators: Shona Reppe &Andy Manley
Reviewer: John Roberts
Shona Reppe and Andy Manley have between themselves created some of the strongest, touching and most visceral children’s productions in recent years, and despite Huff being more of an interactive art installation than theatrical performance you can’t help but be ‘blown away’ by the attention to detail in putting you into the heart of the tale of The Three Little Pigs.
You journey as part of a trio through the home of the pigs, you are invited to explore, to touch to interact with the environment and this is where the installation soars and proves its bacon. The attention to detail is divine, from in your face obvious visual puns to hidden slightly more obscure to the dark and quite disturbing.
Designed for anyone over the age of eightHuffdoesn’t shy away from at times being oppressive and a little sinister, the wolf is clearly watching and taking in every little trott and oink you make around the spaces which are supported by excellent soundscapes designed by Danny Krass which helps the atmosphere can change very quickly.
If one is to puff at parts, it’s perhaps sometimes the elements of the story being explored can seem a bemusing, and the ending is perhaps a little too abrupt, my two adult companions and I clearly had a lot of fun and transgressed to playful and inquisitive children with an ease that perhaps was upon thinking about it a little scary.
There is evidently a lot of work gone into creatingHuffand as something a little different to the usual fringe offerings it brings more than a sprinkling of fresh air.
Runs until24th August