A POTENTIAL banana-skin of a musical this, but the cast skated effortlessly through it, making light of the unfamiliar demands it put upon them.

Think Sesame Street meets Rent and you get an idea: down-and-outs, misfits – and monsters – all done with great aplomb through the medium of rod and hand-held puppetry.

The love element sees new kid on the block Princeton (Alex Hillman) fall for Kate Monster (Sally Goddard). These two give performances worthy of a professional stage, with Goddard especially impressive.

The road to happiness takes a diversion for Princeton in the shape of Lucy the Slut (the equally sultry Helen Stoddart) but true-love prevails.

The whole cast in director Matt Sackman’s laugha- minute (surprisingly risqué) show perform with great energy, with Alan Pring’s equally-talented orchestra unfailingly hitting all the right notes. With crystal-clear sound, a great set and lighting, Q = quality!

Alan Johns