Review: The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Crucible Studio

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This Christmas show aimed at the little ones is a charming adaptation of the Aesop fable, set in a woolly winter wonderland.

Three actors make clever use of minimal props like woollen hats, knitting needles and glasses to 
create characters, including the boy and his family, people living in their village and the sheep 
that they all rely upon for their wool.

Not forgetting the wolves that want to eat the sheep, too.

The story is a simple moral fable that no-one believes liars, 
even when they’re telling the 
truth.

When his grandad is too ill to tend their sheep on the mountains any more, the boy is sent up on to the wintry hillside to do the job.

He doesn’t want to take on the responsibility and invents stories about wolves prowling about when he’s missing out on fun down in the village.

He’s caught out more than once and then, when a wolf does finally come, he has to stand up to it all alone because no-one answers his shouts for help.

There’s lots of songs and dancing and fun and the actors also play instruments.

The cast of three, Mathew Hamper, Sally Ann Staunton and Thomas Bennett, tell the story beautifully, drawing their audience into the little world that they create so cleverly.

The characters change fast, so the really little ones might miss out 
on some of the finer points of the plot.

However, the young audience seemed to love it, especially when the singing sheep wiggled their bottoms or when the boy’s family were searching for wolves’ footprints among the audience.