Vault Festival, London – until 21 March 2020
Many things happened at The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen, but I’m sure you’ll agree that me making my VAULT Festival stage debut is one of the most noteworthy. It just goes to show that even though that this is a family-friendly improv show with its eye on the kids in the audience, the adults alongside them have no chance of escaping being a significant part of the fun as well.
Like so many improvised shows, there’s a simple set-up. Three storytellers taking it in turns to come up with an adventure story based on an idea drawn from a hat and followed up by a series of audience suggestions which, given the imaginative freedom of the young, are as outlandish and random as they are really quite amusing, once woven into the tales by these talented comedians (Lord Lovell, Admiral Seward and Lady Brooke I think it was at this show).
That’s how a spoon as big as the world, a lifejacket made from a cow and Donald Trump helped to tell the story of how Valentines cards were invented; another giant spoon, scaffolding built by flossing and an army of space minions harvested space ginger from the Sun to warm the Earth; and dinosaur-eating sheep, a tree with killer leaves and an old man and his talented interpreter told the story of how steel wool is grown. All vital tales which were warmly hilarious in their creation in front of us – properly entertaining and endlessly watchable.