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Friday 31 July 2015

Creepy story should sound cautionary note

Published 27/10/2009 | 04:58

Some of the best entertainment around is being devised for younger audiences, thanks to Cahoots NI. And here’s another example.

This wonderful mini-opera tells the story of the lonely little boy who lives in a hole at the side of the road. The townsfolk despise him, and he’s utterly alone in the world — until the arrival of a musician with a special gift.

The boy discovers that he too has a musical talent when he plays the flute— or does it play him?

Armagh composer/musical director Conor Mitchell has created a dark, enchanting production which features just four performers, three musicians and a mouse. Their story is told by a weary traveller (played by Toby Girling) who pauses to offer it up to us as a cautionary tale.

Mithcell’s rather creepy retelling of a familiar tale points to causes rather than effects, and stands as a warning to little children to be kind to others.

Grania McFadden

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