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Sam Rose In The Shadows (Tucked In and Greenwich Theatre)

By | Published on Thursday 22 August 2013

Sam Rose is a man of sorrow, compelled to carry around with him a box of sadness. His small son Ivan, distressed by his father’s plight, insists on joining him in a quest to remove the source of his unhappiness. In this strikingly visual, physical piece, Sam and Ivan are puppets, beautifully handled by a highly proficient, likeable cast, who inject moments of humour into what might otherwise be an unrelentingly sad piece. There are some rather scary bits, so a skittish five year old might need a cuddle to get through it, and the central metaphor might confuse a younger child a little; but that could well open a conversation with a child about loss. And even if that element goes right over their heads, it’s still an exciting, arresting show for anyone, of any age.

Bedlam Theatre, until 24 Aug, 12.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Caro Moses]