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Shadow Kingdom (Mochinosha Puppet Company)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

This was a must-see for me after last year’s wonderful ‘Space Hippo’, and it’s another top piece of shadow puppetry. Delightful inventiveness abounds, the shadow puppets are works of art in themselves and the puppeteers have great artistic as well as technical skills. At heart a fast-paced fantasy adventure story, it’s also gently cautionary and often very funny. It works at many levels: sitting at the front to watch the puppeteers at work, I heard as much adult as children’s laughter behind me. Maybe there are also some deeper messages about the value of stories and the power of dreams, in a ‘real’ world that seems ever more virtual. But mainly this is great fun from virtuoso shadow puppetry.

Assembly Roxy, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]