‘Harlekin’ – Derevo | London International Mime Festival

16. January 2013 Leslie Burton

A puppet-master hangs up his toy performers and then stomps off. Is what comes after only in the minds of the puppets? This is visual theatre at its most maddening, haunting and virtuosic.

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'Hand Stories' – Yeung Fai | London International Mime Festival

14. January 2013 Ellen de Vries

Rather than a set of vignettes, as traditional Chinese hand puppetry might dictate, ‘Hand Stories’ is a meditation on the dexterous potential of the hands that never takes itself too seriously.

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'The Cardinals' – Stan's Cafe | London International Mime Festival

14. January 2013 Kristin Fredricksson

An ambitious project with a deliberately naïve style, this performance races through the whole Bible and beyond, to the Crusades and right up to today's suicide bombers.

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'The Master and Margarita' – Complicite & Simon McBurney

19. December 2012 Jeremy Bidgood

Adapting a novel as complex, well-known and revered as Bulgakov’s is an act of hubris that few theatre companies could hope to live up to. Back for its second run at the Barbican, this carefully constructed show manages to encapsulate most of the complex and twisting satire.

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'The Nightingale' – Horse + Bamboo

15. December 2012 Beccy Smith

Beautiful but soporofic storytelling is on offer in this visually arresting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's dark tale, which uses puppetry, mask and shadows.

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‘The Little Match Girl Passion’ – I Fagiolini and Matthew Robins

14. December 2012 Helen Babbs

Part of the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival, this unusual concert produced by Opera North Projects features a combination of classical singing and live animation in the candlelit surrounds of Shoreditch Church.

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'The Animals and Children Took to the Streets' – 1927

13. December 2012 Helen Babbs

Inventively blending projected animation with live action, this show is a visual treat. A bare stage, save for three simple white screens, is transformed into the deliciously seamy Bayou Mansions by three actors and an animator.

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'The Wind in the Willows' – Will Tuckett

13. December 2012 Jeremy Bidgood

A fourth revival of Will Tuckett’s dance version of Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic, blending dance, music, puppetry and clever set design by the Quay Brothers, with new puppets by Toby Olié.

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