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Space Hippo (Mochinosha Puppet Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2022

Although on a bad day it can seem otherwise, the Fringe offers enormous stylistic variety, and I love to seek out the less common forms. Good puppetry can be elusive, so I was delighted to find this absolutely top piece of shadow puppetry. At the start we are cleverly and amusingly introduced to both the puppeteers and a back-story. But soon we are immersed in technically excellent, brilliantly voiced and artistically superb puppetry which creates a (literally) fantastic anime-style show. There’s a fully told story, with excitement and sadness as well as much laughter. And all firmly underpinned with a gentle satire on human folly and credulity. This is theatre at its best, magically conjuring truth from imaginatively conceived absurdity.

Assembly George Square, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Alan Cranston]