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The Table (Blind Summit Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

Blind Summit Theatre’s episodic four-hander has a bleak, visual charm which warms the imaginations of its audience. Crafted largely out of cotton, our puppet protagonist finds himself stuck on a tabletop, unable to leave, all the while teased and tested by a silent puppeteer who remains frustratingly liminal throughout. Controlled by three orchestrators, the puppet dances, chats and yearns in front of us, hogging the limelight while searching for some form of emotional acceptance. This is based on Kabuki mask work, and the doll performs impromptu Matrix-style somersaults, demonstrating the discipline and skilful control of a Kabuki performer. Also featuring some shadow mask art and slideshow paper puppetry, this performance is as infectiously energetic as it is ingenious.

Pleasance Dome, 3 – 28 Aug (not 15), 10:00pm (11:00pm), £11.00 – £14.00, fpp301.
tw rating 4/5