Reviewed by Laura Kressly
A Tucked In production
Reviewed at Greenwich Theatre as part of the Greenwich Children’s Theatre Festival
Touring nationally until 2nd May 2016
For ages 3+
Our oceans are dying. Just yesterday, the news reported that 95% of the Great Barrier Reef has been bleached due to temperature rises. There are huge swathes of sea withhigh concentrations of microplastics that leach toxins into the water and the food chain. We are overfishing our oceans, causing a myriad of problems to human and sea life.
Tucked In is trying to change that through Leaper: A Fish Tale, an adventure story for families about a young girl’s discoveries in the world’s waterways. The unnamed daughter isn’t particularly interested in her dad’s fish farm and wreaks more havoc than anything else. But after falling into the stream in pursuit of a dropped crisp packet, she makes friends with Leaper the salmon on her journey from stream, to river, to ocean and back again. Good puppetry and movement keep younger ones engaged in this surprisingly complex story, though at times it feels a bit too convoluted and the lack of dialogue is unnaturally forced.
Laura Kressly began reviewing for Remotegoat and everything theatre in 2013. In 2015, she launched The Play’s the Thing UK and in 2016, co-founded the Network of Independent Critics. Though a generalist, she is particularly interested in Shakespeare and new writing. She is a former actor/director who now teaches secondary school Drama, works in arts administration and produces fringe theatre. An immigrant from the US who moved to the UK in 2004, Laura has a BA in Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College and an MFA in Shakespeare performance from the University of Exeter. Follow Laura @shakespeareanLK