The Unholy and Illustrious History of St George and the Dragon, written and directed by Carl Heap and Tom Morris, Produced by Beggarsbelief, Warwick Arts Centre and Schtanhaus
Set and Puppet Design Miriam Nabarro, Costume Design Mila Sanders, lit by Mark Dymock, composed by Jon Boden,
Cast included: Ian Summers, Nadia Morgan, Ed Woodall, Tom Espliner
A troupe of Mummers arrive in a market place to perform the History of George and the Dragon, only to find that the story is much richer and wilder than can be imagined. Four Market stalls make up the changing scenography, transforming into the walls of a citadel, Syrian landscapes and a fire breathing dragon as George, mounted on his shopping trolley steed, saves the Princess Sabra and manages not to sacrifice too many of the children in the audience to the Beast..
Thanks to Miriam Nabarro's set and Mila Sanders' costumes, there are plenty of modern touches to draw in viewers who are more used to watching TV than being in a theatre. The play opens with a set that looks remarkably like the market at Eastender's Walford. Umbrellas and pans pass for swords and shields while beds double as canopies and battlements. There is plenty of opportunity for the audience to get involved (especially when the play is in danger of hitting a tedious patch). The part where people are recruited from the audience to be fodder for the dragon by drawing lots, owes something to the X-Factor and similar reality shows.
In the tradition of travelling players, many of the actors are acrobats and musicians. They work well as an ensemble and their enthusiasm never flags, particularly in dealing with the younger members of the audience. Nurse Agatha is hilariously played by the bearded Edward Woodall while Nadia Morgan makes an assertive King. At the climax, the Dragon gets a spectacularly satisfying comeuppance when the cast literally play with fire.British Theatre Guide 2007