War Horse: Poignant Theatrical Brilliance

Saturday 18th November 2017 at Liverpool Empire Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ War Horse is the epitome of emotive puppetry; delicate, nuanced and full of character, the animals of this production are stunning. A National Theatre production which has seen enormous success since its conception, this play, based on Michael Morpurgo's novel and adapted for the stage by... Continue Reading →

Seaside Terror: Dexterous and Inventive

Friday 3rd November 2017 at Leeds Carriageworks (Studio). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Odd Doll's Seaside Terror is a fantastic take on the farcical nature of 1970s horror tropes and the decaying interest in seaside holidays. We are transported to Southpaw, a once loved but now run-down seaside town which harbours a decidedly disquieting ice cream man who delights... Continue Reading →

Avenue Q: Warped & Wanton

Thursday 28th September 2017 at Leeds Carriageworks. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx's Avenue Q is famed for its devilish take on children's puppetry and Diva Productions definitely deliver the laughs with their take on the show. With book by Jeff Whitty, Avenue Q boasts quick fire comedy, visual gags and a delightfully warped take... Continue Reading →

Frankenstein: Showcasing the Dramatic Power of Puppetry

Thursday 2nd February, 2017, at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loosely liken this production from Blackeyed Theatre to watching the metamorphosis of a butterfly, with the first act being the caterpillar to chrysalis and the second being the transformed butterfly. It's very apt for this analogy to have come to mind of course; Frankenstein does follow... Continue Reading →

Wicked: Quintessential West End Glory

Apollo Victoria Theatre, London. Saturday 10th September, 2016. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 'Wicked', based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, is fast approaching its tenth anniversary. In preparation, a brilliant anniversary cast has been selected, including the phenomenal Rachel Tucker as Elphaba and the hugely talented Suzie Mathers as Glinda; the two leading ladies have some of the... Continue Reading →

Dinosaur Zoo: Enchanting Puppetry for Children

Nottingham Playhouse, Sunday 28th August, 2016. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I took my four year old nephew to see this show and he LOVED it. The success of course emanates from the beautiful and gigantic dinosaur puppets which tower above those in the front row. Although set up as a zoo meet-and-greet-the-animals, with lots of interesting information provided,... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions: Rubbish

Unity Theatre, Liverpool. Saturday 3rd May, 2014. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am a huge fan of Theatre in Education and Kids' shows. When I saw the flyer for this, I was embarrassingly excited considering my age, but excited nonetheless; not just the promise of a fun, creative and environmentally conscious show, but a show including puppets made... Continue Reading →

Into the Woods: Fairytales Come Out to Play.

Wednesday 15th June (evening), West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse have concocted an energetic and refreshing take on this musical (very recently a Hollywood blockbuster- so they had their work cut out!). Initially set in a Primary School classroom (before the children are led into the woods), this production presents fairytales... Continue Reading →

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