Naughty Cat and the Cheesy Moon – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Assembly Checkpoint

2016NAUGHTY_CWNaughty Cat and the Cheesy Moon at Assembly Checkpoint (Venue 322), until 27 August.

Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩

The pre-theatre that builds energy before the show begins is rather overwhelming for many in the young audience. Of course, the name ‘Naughty Cat’ does tell us a bit about the character – but beyond ‘naughty’, the black cat actually seems to be just bad!

Inspired to go to the moon to try the cheese and eat the chocolate mice, Naughty Cat steals a rocket due to be taking David Dong-Ding and crew into space. Thereafter, Naughty Cat lays traps for the chocolate mice and seems to become a mouse herself.

Super Plod (and his dog) somehow manage to get the rocket back to earth and Naughty Cat changes her name to Agnes.

The music is reasonably bouncy and the cast makes the most of what they’ve been given to work with. When I saw the show there was a little girl of around six years old who was making a return visit to see Naughty Cat – she gave Naughty Cat a drawing she’d made. Very sweet.

The talent deserved a better show than this, I fear.

 Fiona Orr
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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