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Mr Stink Reviewed At The Lowry

Georgina Hague enjoys a real stinker of a play at The Lowry

Published on August 3rd 2011.

Mr Stink Reviewed At The Lowry

Currently showing at The Lowry, Mr Stink written by David Walliams is about a tramp "the stinkiest stinker who ever lived" who befriends a girl called Chloe who likes to see the best of people. Chloe has no friends and is unfortunate enough to get bullied at school, doesn’t own an iPod or a DS and dislikes her politician mother who is a complete snob. The friendship blossoms and Mr Stink shows Chloe that there is more to people than meets the eye.

The book Mr Stink has had rave reviews and is brought to life as a stage show by Matthew White who worked closely with Walliams to interpret it for stage. The trick here is to deliver smells to the audience – that’s all part of the title after all - with the scratch and sniff concept naturally a big hit with the kids – expect to sing along to “scratch and sniff, scratch and sniff, you only catch the scent of the aroma if you scratch and sniff”.

This then leads on to the audience having to sniff their Little Book of Stinks which reveals such delightful aromas as smelly feet, burps and trumps, a great way to keep a young audience engaged in a show.

Mr Stink is played by Peter Edbrook and couldn’t have been better cast, he really bought this children’s character to life and he was enigmatic and lovable, both children and adults warmed to him. Chloe, played by Lotte Gilmore played her role perfectly considering she was a grown up playing a 12 year old girl.

Julia J Nagle who plays Mrs Crumb (pronounced Cruuumb) delivered Chloe’s snobbish mother with aplomb, think Barbara Woodhouse meets Margot Leadbetter from the Good Life; she made the children boo and hiss at her and got the adults laughing. But the star of the show was Irvine Iqbal, who played various characters - you could see a Walliams-esque theme in his acting which not only was amusing to the children of the audience again to the adults as well.

At the production’s core it was all about good moral values, never judge a book by its cover, there’s more to people than meets the eye and so on. This makes a refreshing change from all the action films that children are presently being bombarded with.

Overall this is a great production, lots of traditional family fun with an array of great acting and a good story: it’s interactive in a clever and appealing way.

Mr Stink is currently showing at The Lowry until 14 August and presently Confidential readers can enjoy a saving of up to £10 on a family ticket – to get the offer simply click here.

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