Reviewer: Simon Topping
Dan King springs into action on stage. Like a modern and twisted version of Timmy Mallet, the energy exudes off him as he starts to interact with the puppets; Bloo, Meep and the Sock Monster. He has, however, forgotten about Barry, the invisible puppet. He is not too happy his toe has just been trodden on! From here all hell breaks loose.
Consisting of King, Angela Fern and Lee White, Stickyback Theatre promises us a night of witty and weird mayhem involving puppets, masks, and monsters. The first few minutes definitely live up to the billing, as the cast of Dead Puppets Society brings the anarchic spirit of 1980s children’s television to the stage.
The show is likeable and bizarre. We encounter, among other things, a geriatric Mickey Mouse, a cow in a mackintosh and a cleaning obsessed puppet. All of which raise a laugh in the room. There is also a good shadow puppet sketch, some funny interactions with the audience and a beguiling love song sung to a sex doll.
The comedy writing lets the performance down a little. The crowd can see there is supposed to be a certain amount of shambolic charm to the show but it often feels improvised due to the weak material, not by design. However, the cast are all physically good comedians, charismatic on stage and interesting to watch.
Runs 16-21 May 2017 at Sweet Waterfront 1
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