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Horrible Histories: Terrrible Tudors – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Terry Deary Director: Phil Clark Reviewer: David Cundill [Rating: 4] “Head choppingly brilliant!” said my youngest daughter “really fun” said the other. “fantastic, entertaining. I really liked the way they got the audience involved”. Horrible History’s touring production visited Curve this week and it was certainly a hit with the large number of children who turned out to see ...

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Bob the Builder LIVE! – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Director: Nick George Writer: Miranda Larson Reviewer: Jenni Dixon [Rating: 2.5]   Premier Stage productions in association with HIT Entertainment have brought another well loved children’s character to the stage for Bob the Builder LIVE! Bob and Wendy are busy working for Fixham theatre who are getting ready for a grand re-opening. They have a set to build for local ...

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Pulse Fringe Festival: Snow White – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Devisers: Sarah Gee, Katy Costigan and Victoria Dyson Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   Forget the Disney version of Snow White – there’s no dancing dwarves here and no dewy-eyed heroine. This is a much earthier and contemporary telling of the much loved fairy-tale. Filskit’s production uses projections and shadows to tell the tale of jealousy and attempted infanticide, but the ...

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Something Very Far Away – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer and director: Mark Arends Reviewed: Elizabeth Vile [rating:4.5] A touching and poignant tale of love and devotion is told through the use of puppets, multimedia and music. Lasting no longer than 40 minutes this intimate piece follows the life of a man who is fascinated by the night sky, after a personal tragedy he sets out on a quest ...

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Sunflowers and Sheds – Spark Children’s Arts Festival, Curve, Leicester

Writers: Gilly Baskeyfield, Dot Wood Music and lyrics: Tayo Akinbode Directors: Gilly Baskeyfield, Dot Wood Reviewer: Linford Butler [rating:4] Simple, gentle and emotional, M6 Theatre Company’s Sunflowers and Sheds is, at its heart, a serious piece of theatre stressing the importance of human relationships and compromise, dressed in simplicity for the benefit of younger audiences. What M6 have created here ...

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Swamp Juice – Spark Children’s Arts Festival, Curve, Leicester

Devised and performed by: Jeff Achtem Music: David Henry, Nick Carver, Tristan Kelley Reviewer: Farhana Shaikh [rating:5] Performed as part of The Spark Festival’s 10th birthday, Swamp Juice is a shadow puppet menagerie devised by Montreal puppeteer Jeff Achtem. Welcome to the swamp. Achtem, dressed in purple leggings, a blazer and miniskirt (or kilt?) has something of a mad professor ...

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Fly by Night – Spark Children’s Arts Festival, Curve, Leicester

Writers: Bare Toed Dance Company Music: Ged Camille Directors: Lina Johansson, Mona McCarthy, Pady O’Connor and Gemma Paloma Reviewer: Linford Butler [rating:3] Bare Toed Dance Company’s Fly by Night works for one key reason: at its core there is a sense of conflict to which we can all relate. Focussing on bedtime, sleep and dreams, the audience is taken on ...

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Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales – Curve Leicester

Reviewer: Farhana Shaikh [rating:3.5] Part of The Spark Festival’s 10th birthday, Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales is an adaptation of four bestselling books by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Sheffler. Stories include Tiddler, The Smartest Giant in Town, A Squash and a Squeeze and Monkey Puzzle. The children were excited, the curtains were up and the show started with ...

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