"Deliciously trippy cheeky evening out"
by Owen Kingston for remotegoat on 20/04/15

Lucy and the Party was always supposed to be a children's show, but after developing the material for a
festival that was adults-only these ballsy performers discovered that their story could be just as amusing
for adults - even more so with a few added twists.

Based on made-up stories that the author told her children at bedtime, Lucy and the Party is the first of a planned series of adventures set in Noggle Noggle land - a Seuss-like fantasy world with its own bizarre rules and practices.

Lucy is about to go to big school, and in Noggle land the entrance exam is simple: one must find a unique outfit and wear it to a party. The two performers proceed to entertain us with a delightful array of striking characters who help (and in some cases hinder) Lucy on her quest for a new outfit.

For an adult audience, this production is a delightfully trippy experience. Having watched and reviewed both the kids and adult versions of this show, the differences are surprisingly few - the adult version has some added swearing, some drug references and some free vodka shots which, far from being gimicky grown-up additions, help to ground the show's theme of trying to be a good person against all the odds firmly in the adult world. For children, Lucy's struggles are their struggles, so these small changes help to transplant Lucy's struggles into a more adult setting.

Interactive theatre is not for everyone, so if being a bit silly, playing musical instruments badly, wearing wigs and pretending to be a baby dragon sounds like hell on earth to you, then Lucy and the Party is probably not your idea of a fun night out. For audiences with a couple of drinks in them who are prepared for a bit of silliness, however, Lucy and the Party is a laugh-out-loud adventure through a trippy fantasy world that might leave you wondering if someone has spiked your drink.

The design work and use of space is rich and inventive and, following the adult shows, audiences were invited to hang out and continue drinking in Noggle Noggle land, extending this brief 30 minute show into a evening of intelligent discussion with the cast, provoked by the themes of the story.

Noggle Noggle land is a delightful place to visit for all ages, and Lucy and the Party provokes all of us to consider our place in the world, and strive to be kind to each other in the face of all manner of craziness.

Most importantly, this brief glimpse of the author's private world built for herself and her children leaves us wanting to spend more time there. Here's hoping for more from this inventive company.

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