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The Legend Of Shadows (Point View Art Association and Shadow Legends Drama Group (Macao/Taiwan))

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2019

There seems to have been a lot of shadow puppetry in kids’ shows this year. This then is a handy and timely primer as to its origins, alternating between actual performance and explanation of the form. The former seems less successful – whilst some effort has gone into re-imagining ‘Journey to the West’, it’s comes across as mostly shouty with no particular sustaining narrative. However, as the children are invited to look more closely at the materials and, for those whose numbers come up, to venture behind the ‘curtain’ and have a wee go, something much more edifying and engaging is going on. The storytelling part is somewhat lost in this translation but, as an immersive experience for the small, it’s a success.

C south, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]