**** stars

The Bureau of Untold Stories is a family theatre production by Brymore Productions that has been touring the UK and Australia since 2018. Creators and performers Sean and Hollie Bryan combine storytelling with improvisation in this interactive piece that relies on audience participation.

The premise of the production is simple yet very effective to draw the audience into the world of the Bureau. Detectives Dexter Sharpe and Poppy Hasluck are travelling the world gathering stories to protect them from an elusive criminal, only known as The Erasure, who wants to steal the stories.

At the performance I attended there was no shortage of eager children wanting to offer their ideas for the improvised stories that are told by the detectives. Performers Sean and Hollie Bryan are extremely adept at including all the ideas, no matter how impossible they might seem. They create quirky characters throughout for the delight of both children and adults.

Combining interactive storytelling with improvisation demonstrates to children and adults that all ideas are valid and can create the most entertaining and vibrant stories. Indeed, the detectives invite the children to submit their own stories to the Bureau website to expand the collection.

This exciting and dynamic production is only in Perth for a short season at Fringe World 2020 before it travels to the Adelaide Festival.

Showing at the Camelot Indoor Theatre, 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park until 19 January 2020 – 11am and 1pm shows.

Ideal for children 3+.

4 out of 5 stars

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