At the Corbett Theatre in Loughton, students on the MFA Acting (International) course at the East 15 Acting School presented Fairytales of New York, a production directed by Chris Meads and devised by the company from the fairy tales of L. Frank Baum. I was only really aware of Baum’s Oz stories, so I was intrigued to see what else he had written about.
The production is delivered in the style of an old-fashioned radio show: it is Christmas Eve, 1946, and WRLD Radio is presenting their first annual Ford Hour Christmas Special. The tales: The Box of Robbers, The Glass Dog, The Dummy That Lived and The Magic Bon Bons, are entertaining and whimsical and surprisingly amusing, told with wit and verve by the large cast. The bits in between are entertaining too, with songs, spoof ads and sketches, culminating in an enchanting rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. A lovely festive treat.