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May, 2004
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig - OFS
A big bad pig!
A big bad pig!


The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Oxford Greek Festival - Sandis Productions

Old Fire Station Theatre

11th - 15th May 2004

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By Simon Tavener

Going to see this production was always going to be an experience. I am somewhat older than the target audience - I ceased to be a child many years ago! However there was enough to keep my attention throughout the performance.

Based on a popular book by Greek author Eugene Trivizas, 'The Three Little Wolves' is a clever inversion of the well-loved story. Using simple physical theatre techniques, the wolves came to life in a very credible way.

Special mention must be made of Rachel Ford Pritchett who created 5 contrasting animals - each with their own personality, character and way of using the stage. She was also responsible for the effective costumes for the company.

One aspect of the production did slightly mar my enjoyment of the evening and that was the use of heavy fake Italian accents for the Big Bad Pig and the Mother Wolf. At times, I found it very difficult to understand what they were trying to say.

The use of the music of The Village people was inventive as was the use of the set - which set the action very firmly in the pages of a book.

It was a shame that there were so few children in the audience on opening night. Those who were there were clearly loving the show and participating as vocally as they could manage.

If you have young children (or are young at heart yourself) pop along to the OFS this week and share the fun. You won't regret it.

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