This show is a wonderfully innocent experience. Katie Purych is just perfect as Mikaila. She plays her with so much energy and draws you into her world of imagination. I loved that her character was strong and didn't need rescuing but was the heroine in her stories and led the adventures.
Andrew Wade plays Hullaboo with a tenderness that is so endearing to watch. The show delves into giving up your childhood and venturing into adulthood in a way that is heartbreaking. When the voice of the parents are heard urging Mikaila to leave her friend behind and grow up, you almost want to shout out at them to leave her and not take that imagination away from her, destroying that innocence and becoming a hardened adult.
The show makes you reflect on your own life and wonder when the moment was where you stood on the precipice of adulthood and made the jump, letting go of your childhood and ability to disappear fully into your imagination.
This really should be made into a full length movie. We need to let children keep hold of their imagination for as long as possible.
This show is for all ages and I think kids would love it, so it is a shame that most of the shows are later at night. Bring your kids if you can but otherwise come and enjoy this heartfelt show, and if you have kids, then go home afterwards and play a made up game with them.
Hullaboo and the End of Everything is playing at Carousel Theatre 6 - 16 September as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Ferne Brown
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