FRINGE 2021 – Attenborough and his Animals – Hillside Theatre at Gluttony – 3K

By Belle Dunning

As you recline on a grassy hillside in Rymill Park, Clownfish Theatre cleverly bring to life a cast of animals from David Attenborough’s most iconic films with nothing but their two bodies. Making use of one of Gluttony’s new outdoor stages, ‘Attenborough and his Animals’ is a fun, light-hearted exploration of theatrical comedy. 

Jess Clough-MacRae is incredibly skilful in her imitation of a motley assortment of wildlife, capturing your imagination with cleverly choreographed body movements, hilarious facial expressions and mind-blowingly good sound effects (a particular highlight being a fight to the death between a crab and an eel), while Jonathan Tilley has meticulously perfected the signature lilt of Attenborough’s voice.

The two are dynamic in their interactions with one another and the audience, blending moments of absolute hilarity with the heart-warming vibe you expect from a wholesome nature doco. 

Perfect for die-hard Attenborough fans, but a fun night out for the whole family, Attenborough and his Animals is showing in Gluttony until Sunday 7 March. 

Kryztoff Rating 3K

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