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Famous Puppet Death Scenes (The Old Trout Puppet Workshop)

By | Published on Sunday 26 August 2018

This company purportedly started out learning to carve puppets on a ranch in Alberta, where they paid their way by collecting eggs and feeding the pigs. Out of this were born an array of beautifully crafted, expressive creatures who, it seems, are mortal but can be brought back to life unlimited times. With impeccable attention to detail, they dance circles around the audience, performing daring, sneaky feats that leave the crowd in tatters. Although punchlines could sometimes come sooner, these performers have a real feel for stagecraft: they just ‘get’ how to work an audience and use a stage. A note to aspiring performers out there – maybe feeding pigs is the way to go.

CanadaHub @ King’s Hall in association with Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ela Portnoy]