Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival
June 25th-28th 2015

Aesop's Fables

Autojeu Theatre

This comedy duo from Autojeu Theatre bring together several of Aesop’s fables to create this hilarious education in morals. The childish creativity of the set eased the audience into the familiar comfort of having a story told to them, which follows the race between the tortoise and the hare. With appearances from several characters from various fables, the audience is actively engaged with the lessons they are teaching.

The absence of a fourth wall allowed for plenty of audience interaction, encouraging the viewers to get involved in the lessons and stories being presented. No opportunity for jokes were wasted, even when slipping off script or when things didn’t go quite as planned, their “smooth transitions” and improvisation allowed for the performance to be a comedic success of 45 minutes of laughter and fun.

The use of song, dance and narration alongside the clever use of costume showed the difference in the roles they are playing. Its hard to believe that two men managed to perform as so many different characters and tell their stories in depth within such a short amount of time. The easy to understand jokes and simple story line makes this performance suitable and comical for all ages (as long as you’re into puns).
Tasmin Sargeant, The Daily Fringe