Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 19 April 2015

Creepy story should sound cautionary note

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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