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Slapdash Galaxy – 3D (Bunk Puppets & Scamp Theatre)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

For those whose childhoods involved acting out tall tales with kitchen utensils and bed sheets for props, this show will have a special resonance. Part storyteller, part mad scientist, performer Jeff Achtem’s daft, frantic style of shadow puppetry has a haphazard, homemade feel.  There’s some impressive technical skill behind it though, and while the simple sci-fi bedtime-story plot is a little too thin, the delivery is undoubtedly excellent. Achtem juggles a bewildering menagerie of puppets, playing with perspectives and cinematic special effects such as the ‘3D’ element of the title, which is genuinely, joyfully ingenious. Though many in its audience are under ten, this is a performance with enough skill and heart to appeal to adults too.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 14), 4.15pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]