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Mayall’s monster graces Pleasance

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 18 April 2008

Theatre company These Colours presents an adaptation of Chris Wormell’s children’s book The Big Ugly Monster And The Little Stone Rabbit at the Pleasance theatre in Islington from 12-30 December.

The show, which played the Edinburgh Festival earlier this year, has a voiceover narration by comic actor Rik Mayall (last seen in London as Alan B’Stard in The New Statesman at Trafalgar Studios), who has re-recorded his narration for this new run at the Pleasance.

The heart-warming story tells of an ugly monster – the most horrible and ugly monster in the world – who lives by himself in a cave. He is so ugly that he can turn a blue sky to snow and evaporate a pond by dipping his toe in it. No living thing can stand to be in his presence. Feeling lonely, the monster decides to build some friends out of stone, but even stones can’t stand the full force of the monster’s smile, and they all shatter – except for one.

Billed as a ‘uniquely physical production’, the show uses clowning, puppetry and masks, and has original music and songs from musical collective ThemSounds.

The Big Ugly Monster And The Little Stone Rabbit is suitable for children aged three and over.



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