Magazine article American Theatre

Scarborough, England

Magazine article American Theatre

Scarborough, England

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THE HUNT FOR THE SCROOBIOUS PIP: A man named Quangle Wangle who lives in a Crumpetty Tree and feels overshadowed by his enormous hat; temperamental Jumblies whose green-headed, blue-handed brethren left them behind to go to sea in a sieve; an animal who, when asked to identify his genus and species, simply replies, "Chippetty Flip; Flippetty Chip/My only name is the Scroobious Pip." Writer Andrew Pollard has mined such delightful oddities from the poetry of Edward Lear--the 19th-century British author/illustrator famed for elevating nonsense to an art--and created a musical family show that premieres this holiday season at England's Stephen Joseph Theatre. Pollard dove into the poems looking for zany personalities and settings, such as the "monkey with lollipop paws" he so vividly remembers from his childhood reading of Lear. He emerged with The Hunt for the Scroobious Pip, an original story in which the poet himself is a thinly disguised character. …

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