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Reviews of performances by Puppeteers and companies featured in our Directory

This page contains both reviews written by our contributors and links to reviews of performances by companies featured on our website.

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Drew Colby - hand shadowgrapher, uses his hands, fingers, his own profile, his arms, a kazoo and some string to create a host of creatures - to critical acclaim. The Croydon Advertiser writes, ‘Should you be able to tear your eyes away from the screen, you will see that Mr Colby is as interesting to watch in the act of creating his on-screen world as are his shadow creatures’. Their critic adds, ‘(his show) never condescends because it’s ‘just for kids’. Here is a performer at the top of his game, who has a fertile imagination and meticulously crafted technique’. Read The Croydon Advertiser Review of Drew Colby and Shadow Play here.

Emily Rising by Dan Rebellato, produced by Little Angel Theatre in association with Goblin, has received a glowing review in The Guardian. Click here to read what their reviewer said.

Truthful and touching, Beasty Baby by Theatre Rites gets high praise from Guardian Theatre Critic Lyn Gardner. The critic gives particular praise to the manipulation and vocal skills of puppeteer Sian Kidd. Read Gardners review on The Guardian website here.

Scenes of subtle beauty and fabulous strangeness mark this as a fine adaptation of a legendary text. So says Alexander Winfield about the production of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight by Movingstage. Click here to read the review on the Animations Online website.

Indigo Moon is known for their inventive use of shadow puppetry - and their show Jungle Book continues in this vein. Animations Online reviewer Helen Jaugerui says, The craftsmanship of the company can not be denied – neither can the satisfied flutter of little claps from childrens hands that sound in response to this stunning show. To read the review, click here

The Musicians of Bremen by Sea Legs Theatre
The Hereford Times says:
(The Musicians of Bremen) is a clever re-working of the children’s story of the same name, this wonderfully inventive show captivated the young audience, employing a mixture of hand-held puppets, props and ingenious scenery, along with some beautiful shadow puppetry. It’s truly heartening to see an auditorium full of children lapping up an art form as old as the hills, albeit with a nod and a wink to modern sensibilities.

Read the full review here.

Image: The Musicians of Bremen by Sea Legs Theatre

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Alice and the White Rabbit

Luminous Tales

Puppet - an Essay on uncanny life - by Kenneth Gross

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Pelham Puppets by David Leech

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