Heidi - A Goat's Tale
From: Thursday, 9th December 2010
To: Friday, 24 December 2010
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The classic Swiss story of the irrepressible little girl with a big heart who changes the lives of everyone she meets is brought to life in this production... but with a sidesplitting twist... it will be told by a herd of hysterical mountain goats! Join the goats as they present this enthralling story about family and friendship as seen through their eyes - if they manage to behave and stop eating the script.
10 December 2010
Northern Broadsides’ successful production of Heidi is revived this Christmas in Huddersfield, with my first impression a concern that its impact might be reduced in the more orthodox configuration of the Lawrence Batley Theatre. The cast of goats has less opportunity to run free and chew up patrons’ belongings than in the depths of Dean Clough. Such misgivings proved short-lived.
Andrew Pollard’s inspired take on Johanna Spyri’s alpine classic involves a group of rebellious Yorkshire goats who eat (as goats will) the pages of Heidi, the favourite book of their young minder Pip. Thereafter they regurgitate chunks of narrative (in impeccable standard English) in between acting out the story in goat-speak with much silliness and ingeniously improvised props and sound effects. The result is a very true, though simplified, version of the story combined with hilariously chaotic moments: after all, goats will be go...
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