IN the land to the North, west of the M5, at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Monkton Heathfield, tall tales were told on a Sunday afternoon around a log fire with tea and buttered toast about The Sagas of Noggin the Nog.

The two tales, one in the first half, there was an interval (remember them) and a tale in the second, were told with the power of four, the number of actors, who made up the cast as they portrayed all the roles in the Land of Nog and far beyond.

In the first saga we learnt how King Knut who worried about his people died and his son Noggin had to find a bride and marry her in six weeks or Nog Bad the Bad would become King.

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We saw how Graculus a big green bird flew to The Land of Nog to visit Noggin and tell him about the Eskimo princess Nooka of the Nooks.

So enchanted by her picture carved on a single Walrus tooth, he travelled all the way to the land of the midnight sun to find her and marry her and stopped Nog Bad the Bad becoming King.

In the second, there was an adventure to help the people in a valley who were scared of the ice dragon.

But it turned out the ice dragon was a nice friendly dragon called Grolliffe who only wanted someone to talk to.

We even got to see the dragon on stage and saw him blow smoke and freeze people to the spot, until they thawed out in the sunlight.

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Nog Bad the Bad tried to steal the dragons treasure but he was foiled and banished forever from the Land of Nog.

Both these tales were spun before our eyes as the actors used the props to set the scenes while we the audience filled in the gaps with our imaginations which could work over time.

All of us young and old crowded around the fire, listening to the tales of theses far away lands.

The charm was in the naive way in which these stories were told, no fuss, just telling us what was happening as we raced along with the story.

There was good use of a projector which used bits of film from the original BBC to series of Noggin The Nog, to add to the sagas.

And a nice use of hand puppets who were used to represent King Knut, Nooka of the Nooks and the crows who were the spies for Nog Bad the Bad.

I have to say there was a definite charm to it all. Even sitting in the back row, I was drawn in, wanting to know and see more.

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I had every confidence Noggin the Nog would be victorious, I could have laid odds of 6-4 against him losing.

But that is the charm of a good story, even if you know the hero will survive, you want to know how this will happen and sometimes just want to enjoy a good story.

A large round of applause to the four actors from Third Party Productions for serving up a Sunday afternoon delight.