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Who doesn’t love puppets? Sooty and Sweep, Punch and Judy… Even the Thunderbirds! Check out our reviews of productions which include our animated friends in this section.

Frankenstein. The Old Red Lion, Islington – Review

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Pros: An original play with a largely female cast. Good use of props and set pieces to create the multiple locations of the play as well as nice use of puppetry. Cons: The issue of feminism wasn’t really explored despite the gender swap of the lead characters. It felt like the script could have done with an edit to make it more succinct as was a little meandering in places. Burn-Bright’s production of Frankenstein replaces the male scientist from Mary ...

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Joey’s Circus, Puppet Theatre Barge – Review

Credit: Michela Comisso

Pros: The craftsmanship of the puppeteers can almost be overlooked as their simplicity hides the skill involved in bringing them to such life. Cons: It can be a little chilly at this time of year. I could start by pointing out how Puppet Theatre Barge’s Joey’s Circus has some great character development, especially that of Punch, for so long portrayed on stage as a trouble maker, but here allowed to demonstrate his more caring side, using his cunning to thwart ...

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Lula del Ray by Manual Cinema, Underbelly Med Quad – Review

Credit: Jerry Shulman

Pros: Mesmerising and unprecedented. Cons: Watching the puppeteers work in the foreground is fascinating but can also divert the attention from the main screen above their heads. Living in a caravan stationed in the middle of the desert, by a vast satellite field, Lula Del Ray lives a solitary life. Her favourite pastime is to sit on the edge of a satellite dish and look at the moon. Swinging her feet in the empty space below, she wonders about the men who ...

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The Flight of Babuscha Baboon – Review

Credit: Alex Poll

Pros: A magical experience that will leave you in awe of the skill and mastery that goes into creating marionette theatre. Cons: This is very much a family affair, which can cause some distractions. However, the children’s reaction to the work is beautiful. I can hardly believe my only experience of puppetry has been The Lion King and War Horse. Had I known about the charm of The Puppet Barge, currently docked in Little Venice, I would have visited sooner. Movingstage’s unique floating venue ...

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