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The Magical Tale Of Finley The Great (Five One Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

This is a moralistic tale of a boy who wants to be the greatest magician in the world but can’t do any magic. Although the set is imaginative, the costumes bright and the puppets fun, it doesn’t quite hit the mark. The story seems rushed and the puppets are dominated by their puppeteers; a more imaginative use of the small space would have meant the stage would not have felt so crowded. Finley and his competing assistants, Pip and Rosie, are fun, child-friendly characters, and the use of two live rabbits was a definite highlight despite their brief appearance. However, accompanied by a jazzy pianist whose music doesn’t quite fit the action, this piece feels like it needs some work.

C eca, 3 – 29 Aug, 11.25am (12.25pm), £5.50 – £8.50, fpp25
tw rating [3/5]