Theatre Preview: Dragon, Traverse Theatre

Dragon. Pic: Comp
Dragon. Pic: Comp
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WHAT with The Lion King at the Playhouse and War Horse on its way to the Festival Theatre, it seems there is just no escaping the art of puppetry at the moment.

Right now at the Traverse the National theatre of Scotland are getting in on the act with Dragon, a co-production with Vox Motus theatre company and Tianjin People’s Art Theatre, from China.

Performed without any words, Dragon tells the story of Tommy, a boy who can not sleep.

He hasn’t been able to since his mum died a year ago. Since then, life has gone from bad to worse. His dad is grief-stricken, his big sister ignores him and he’s become the target for the school bully. Then Tommy meets a Dragon who burns with the anger that Tommy feels. They go everywhere together and life is looking up. But mysterious fires have started igniting across the city...

Like a silent movie crossed with a graphic novel, Dragon is show for all the family based on real life experiences and boasts a soundrack by Tim Phillips, who scored six seasons of the hit Channel 4 series Shameless.

The dragons too come with impressive pedigrees. Built by puppet engineer Guy Bishop, they’re designed by Jamie Harrison, the illusion designer on the highly successful West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Dragon, Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, until tomorrow, 7.30pm, £15.50, 0131-228 1404