• Amy Toledano

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse presented by Unicorn and New Perspectives

Image courtesy of Robert day Photography

What Is It?

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse is a family friendly production of best selling picture book by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen of the same name.

What Is It About?

We are introduced to the life of the forest via three trees. The trees become our narrator as their tree leader uncovers the story of the Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse. 

Mouse, played creatively by Varun Raj, unfortunately gets gobbled up by Wolf, portrayed strongly by Cath Whitefield. At first frightened and confused with his new surroundings, Mouse soon finds solace with his new neighbour, Duck. Duck, ingeniously played by Samuel Buttery, has been living the relaxing life inside Wolf's belly. The pair soon learn that it is quite lovely living inside Wolf's belly: music, dancing, food, no fear of being eaten...however, Wolf is still in fear of being hunted. 

Quickly, Mouse and Duck realise they must work together to help Wolf stay alive to secure their own home. 

How Did It Make Me Feel?

This is a fabulous piece for theatre for young audiences. The productions' integrity is at such a high level, ranging from the set, to the music, to the actors.

The thing that is most striking is the actors do not play to a childish crowd - they play with honesty and respect. There is no talking down to any children in the audience, which allows for full appreciation from the adult spectators. 

One can really appreciate the artistry involved in the production. All three actors play multiple roles which involve minute yet effective costume changes. The set is 3D, not simply back drops, to allow the audience to feel like they are in the middle of the forest with the animals. 

Anything Else?

If you have children or younger family members and you are looking for quality youth theatre to bring them to, The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse should be your first choice.

Natasha x

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse is playing at the Unicorn Theatre until January 5th 2020.

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