“Like other Carl Heap epics, this mixes humour, theatrical invention and audience participation – mostly voluntary, as it might well be, seeing one person’s sacrificed to the dragon… But it’s far from pantomime or parody; there’s often a serious, poignantly human feel. Here, it’s increased by verbal echoes of Hamlet and, more considerably, references to Henry V – especially the pre-Agincourt night scene… After the Interval the temperature rises, with an interactive siege of Antioch and, at the dragon’s eventual appearance, throwing and whirling flames round George and his new love, the put-upon King of Egypt’s daughter. Hot stuff indeed.”
Timothy Ramsden. Reviews Gate

“Typically, a group of amateur mummers with a dazzling range of performance skills ‘improvise’ the tale, investing every moment with a joyfully feigned spontaneity …moments to cherish: a shadow play of the death of St Margaret is lovely; and there are flashes of wicked Dahl-ian humour. One such sees a chosen child sent off stage to be eaten. He returns through the stalls entrance – grinning like a cream-fed cat.”
Kieron Quirke. Time Out ****

“Superb special effects, slow motion fight scenes…. As a history lesson it works well, with a dazzling all-action war scene and imaginative real fire and smoke-breathing dragon leaving lasting memories.”
Jim Levack. Birmingham Mail *****

  • Directed by Carl Heap
  • Written by Carl Heap and Tom Morris
  • Theatre Battersea Arts Centre, Lyric Hammersmith, Warwick Arts Centre and tour
  • Year 2006 - 2007