Banished from the land for having a magical, glowing horn; Monique embarks on a quest.
By Ben Blyth
Trouble’s afoot in the Woodland Realm! Glorie (a delightfully wicked Mara Schoorlemmer), is a maniacal despot and unicorn daemon-queen who reigns over her subjects with an iron fist. Hers is a kingdom where you are bullied just for being different; a fate that sadly befalls our plucky hero Monique (a wonderful Christina Harbak). Banished from the land for having a magical, glowing horn; Monique embarks on a quest of self-discovery and, with the help of cowardly Bo the Bear (Stuart Hoye), saves the forest from Glorie’s wrath.
Inventive and engaging, Monique the Unique Unicorn is a heart-warming show from playwright Sarah C. Louise, which carries a moving and timely message of forgiveness. The mask work is a little patchy, and the performance could have benefited from including the audience more frequently during the first half, but this should not take away from what is an enjoyable Fringe show suitable for kids of all ages.