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Gulliver (Box Tale Soup)

By | Published on Saturday 6 August 2022

Time and space hold no bounds for Box Tale Soup: they stage a world to capture the imagination in this magical enactment of ‘Gulliver’s Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World’. In safe hands, this voyage of discovery first published in 1726 loses nothing to our 21st Century lens. Props carefully crafted from recycled and sustainable materials are inventively worked – it’s made entirely believable that Gulliver is at sea. Performances by all three actors are evenly polished, each deftly switching characters and voices, skilfully bringing life to different puppets as well. Especially remarkable is how perspective is conjured as Gulliver becomes giant to Lilliputians and lilliputian to the giants of Brobdingnag. Puppet Gulliver’s dance deserves an entertainment award of its own.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Catherine Meek]