IMAGINE a mash up of Crimewatch, the One Show, Jerry Springer and Jack and the Beanstalk. And you have Citizen Puppet.
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A giant has collapsed and died on the high street in Massiveville which, contrary to its name, is a small town that calls itself home to something like 80 puppets. In a quest to find out how what happened to the giant, Daz decides to make a documentary.
So we meet some of the residents of the town in his attempt to piece together the chain of events that led to this calamity.
Blind Summit describe themselves as purveyors of ‘extreme puppetry’ and certainly, this is a fast-paced, funny, accomplished show featuring a striking array of puppets. The familiar tale makes this a fun production for kids (though not tiny ones) but details like Daz and his blue pills make sure adults are laughing along too.
Mark Down’s lively and knowing script brings the fairy tale bang up to date while serving up an ascerbic social commentary.
The puppets are beautifully observed, each imbued with incredible life by their talented operators.
And the show winds up with Phil Collins. There’s lots to love in this puppet murder mystery.
Until 30 August