This is young company Intrepid Fools’ second year at the Edinburgh Fringe and I am already excited to see what they get up to next. Viking is pure, simple and, quite frankly, beautiful storytelling.
This family friendly show follows young weedy Viking Ragnar Ragnarsson on his epic quest to become a Skald (storyteller). There are bad guys, storms and shipwrecks. There is a dragon, a dwarf and a simply adorable bear. The story may be How to Train Your Dragon meets The Hobbit but despite playing with such stock mythical tropes this production remains fresh, engaging and absorbing.
“pure, simple and, quite frankly, beautiful storytelling”
The props and costume changes are simple and the conventions clever. Some of the Viking characters don the most fantastic crocheted beard and wig combinations – sheer perfection! I quite fancy wearing one myself. The cast are a strong ensemble and all excel in narrative and characterisation alike, fully involving the younger members of the audience, responding to their engagement with an open charm. The humour is perfectly pitched to give this production universal appeal and the mixed-age audience nearly all vocalised their love for the purity and charm of this production.
The songs woven in are performed with minimal accompaniment but they are charming and evocative and fit the genre perfectly. Composed by Alastair McNamara, each boasts enchanting melodies and delightful lyrics that the cast deliver in beautiful harmonies and frequently sing with minimal accompaniment.
I am left eager to see more from Intrepid Fools. This is the type of theatre I admire most: the sort of inspiring storytelling that exudes hope and fills its audience with a buoyant sense of contentment.
Read our review of The Murderous Philanthropist of Croydon Town, Intrepid Fools’ 2018 Fringe offering.