Review: Dr. Zeiffal, Dr. Zeigal and The Hippo That Can Never Be Caught!
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Calling all hippo expert enthusiasts this Half Term!!
Mouths of Lions bring their five star, award- winning, Edinburgh Fringe family favourite show, Dr. Zeiffal, Dr. Zeigal and the Hippo That Can Never Be Caught! to Ovalhouse this October half term!
Dr. Zeiffal and Dr. Zeigal and The Hippo That Can Never Be Caught, invites the audience to help the forgetful Dr. Zeiffal catch the crafty Hippo with her patented Hippo Instruments: the Invisible Hippo Blanket, the Hippo Google Goggles and a blizzard of Hippo packaging.
Expect belly laughs, belly flops, surreal slapstick and fantastical falling over in this interactive family comedy created by Mouths of Lions.
Bring your hippo catchers and your hippo google goggles, because Dr Zeiffal has most likely lost hers ….
WINNER Best Family Show (Buxton Fringe 2016)
"This show has a big heart." Families Edinburgh
"Splendidly silly ... this is a show which knows the importance of fun" The List
Top Pick in Family Shows in The List during Edfringe 2017.
One to watch in Family Shows in Fest Mag during Edfringe 2017.
Recommend by The Guardian during VAULT festival 2017.
Top pick in Time Out London during VAULT festival 2017.
Apparently, there are hippos in the Oval.
Well, I'm not exactly surprised.
After living in the madcap capital for far too long, anything seems possible.
So why not hippos alive and well and munching whatever they munch in the vicinity of the district sporting a famous cricket ground?
With roaming hippos on the loose, you need an expert to guide you on how to go about tracking down the wide-mouthed and round-bellied beasts.
We find ourselves at the Hippo Institute where Dr Zeiffal has the answers and all the necessary equipment as well as her ever-ready Toyota.
With her assistant, Dr Zeigal, inexplicably missing, she has to rely on the support of the audience to assist her endeavours when explaining the apparatus including a hippo map of the British Isles.
Now don't think the larger members of the audience get spared here - Dr Miles ably stepped-up to the plate, on this occasion, to help hold the rather large map.
Questions get fired at us and some of the answers are surprising.
When we're asked if we know what a "pod" is, one little girl on the front row correctly identified it as a place where you find peas, even though this was not the answer our scientific host was looking for!
That didn't floor Georgia Murphy's well-prepared and readily adaptable Dr Zeiffal who is obviously used to dealing with almost anything that this semi-educational, sometimes silly and always entertaining show can throw up in terms of audience participation.
We all have to don our hippo goggles and make a high-pitched wining noise whenever we see a hippo.
In fact, we see it fairly frequently running around behind Dr Zeiffal in sequences reminiscent of the "she's behind you" game employed in pantos.
Fairly commonplace objects act as the hippo-hunting instruments for this is hardly a high-tech show, but no-one among the younger sector of the audience seemed in the slightest way bothered about that.
Which ably demonstrates that you don't need complex scenery and fancy gadgets, nor glitz or glamour to tell an absorbing story and milk it for lots of laughs.
Watching the audience, it seemed to me that it really hooked the younger members, ie the 4-7 age group who all readily took an active part in the proceedings and seemed pretty-much transfixed throughout, enjoying it immensely.
Playing over the half-term it's certainly worth taking the littlies to this inventive hippo-centric show which proves delightfully off-beat, playfully silly and terrific fun.
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