Fringe goers who venture off the beaten track will be rewarded handsomely if they travel up to Holden Street in Hindmarsh where they will be treated to this fantastic show in the fittingly crumbling surroundings of the Arch Theatre. The Terrible Infants is a collection of intertwined vignettes adapted from Oliver Lansley’s dark children’s stories Les Enfants Terrible. The five-person cast combine live music, puppetry and expert theatricals to produce a flawless show which is moving, funny, scary and extremely accomplished.
The show is incredibly stylish from the Bohemian Victoriana costume to the audible dust on the needle of the Dame Judy Dench-narrated tale of Beatrice the girl who talks about her self too much and the music by the multi-instrumentalist cast is first rate. Each lyrical tale offers a different moral and showcases the groups adept use of props, movement and musicality.
The extraordinary characters we meet in this fantastical world we are wholly immersed in provide cautionary tales of self-absorbtion (Beatrice), greed (Tom, The Boy Who Eats his Mum) and materialism (Little Linena, the Material Girl). Truly a show for all ages with echoes of the classic story-telling of Roal Dahl and the twised tales of the Brothers Grimm, The Terrible Infants should be put to the top of every family’s must-see list this Fringe.