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 The Story Beast:

Myths, Monsters & Mayhem

Review by a 9 Year Old


Story beast was about a story beast who could read people minds and had an enemy (kind of) who lived under the

kitchen sink. Story beast had lots of songs and poems. His enemy (Mandy the Witch who lived under the sink) was

always listening to Despacito. Story Beast had a pet genie called Collin.  One day Story Beast found an egg....


There was something bad though. Mandy the witch also wanted the egg so they had a magic battle but still nobody

got it. My favourite bit was when Story Beast ran around the whole world to escape but Mandy the Witch was already

there. In the end the egg hatched and a chocolate waffle giant chicken.


It was a great show and I recommend it to anyone who likes dragons and monsters.






Review by a 'Grown Up'


There are hundreds of adult comedy shows and hundred of children's shows. There are few characters (to be honest I can't think of another one) who fits into both sections of this year's festival. But The Story Beast does perfectly.


Having thoroughly enjoyed his adult show last night (see our review for This Is Bardcore) I dropped my wife and went with a senior & 2 junior DarkChatters to The Pleasance Courtyard to see "Myths, Monsters and Mayhem".  Aimed at children 6 years and over we see the wizard constantly battling with his nemesis Mandy, The Wicked Witch Under The Sink with occasional interruptions from his genie in the bottle.


There aren't many comedians who can incorporate material from a late night adult show into kid's show 14 hours later but I thoroughly enjoyed singing the "Jam song" again. Similarly it was great to hear his poem about Beowulf (which we 1st encountered in his 2015 show) in middle English style rhyming couplets and watch how younger members of the audience coped with it.


I was impressed that it works at children's level so if you want to have fun as an adult and open your kids (or other people's children) minds to the most unusual of shows head to Pleasance Courtyard.


You will all have a great time.





The Story Beast: Myths, Monsters & Mayhem at Pleasance Courtyard until August 26th (not 13th)


Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) 15.15