Puss in Boots
and fun" Total Theatre"One
of the most inventive and exuberant younger English companies"
Directed by Steve Tiplady of Indefinite Articles,
associate director of the Little Angel Theatre, London.
This charming, comical show starts out as an auction,
with the audience keenly bidding for the eclectic stock. But the
treasures prove hard to part with, especally the big red fairytale
A silly man, a cunning cat and a smelly ogre. They
all want the same thing. A palace, a kingdom and the love of a princess.
But who will win?
Told with lashings of wit, skilled puppetry, masks
and a fabulous transforming set this show is a real winner, either
on the street or indoors. The Grown Ups will enjoy it as much as
Following the enormous successes of 'Chicken Licken'
and 'The Enormous Turnip', DNA present a well crafted show for 5
- 11 year olds and their families. Starring Adam Bennett, who has
endeared himself to children across the UK in all of DNA s productions,
and featuring Miriam Grau Casas, a Catalan physical theatre performer.
An exciting participatory workshop accompanying this
show focuses on learning mask making techniques crafting and performing,
for parents and carers to share with children to extend their participation,
and aid audience development with family learning.
||Suitable for 5 - 11 year olds
||theatres, arts centres, festivals and the street
Reviews (for more reviews, click here)
There's a great start that fits perfectly with it's outdoor setting
as puppeteer-performer Adam Bennett rallies the crowds as an auctioneer
attempting to sell off an attic's worth of old theatre props. His
efforts are thwarted by his assistant (physical theatre performer
Miriam Grau Casas from Catalunya), who can't bear to let go of the
treasures such as the princess dress from the costume box, and the
dusty red book of Perrault's Fairy Tales.
This start nicely frames the enacting of the classic Trickster tale
of the cat who persuades the world that his lowly master is the
Marquis of Carabas, gaining him riches and the hand of the princess,
and killing an ogre along the way. A wonderfully ramshackle wooden
set has boxes, flaps and shutters that reveal and conceal the performers
and puppets who tell the tale with gusto.
aimed at 5-11 year olds, but my teenage son was just as enthralled
as the little ones around him. The carnivalesque humour is robust
enough to appeal to adults and older children, but never patronises
younger audiences by deliberately going over their heads. Here was
a new piece that was both feisty and fun and I hope destined for
future festival appearances. -Dorothy
Max Prior - Total Theatre magazine Autumn 2006.