'The Great Puppet Horn' - Pangolin's Teatime | Edinburgh 2012

27. August 2012 Rebecca Davis

Billed as ‘South Park meets Newsnight with a whole load of cardboard’, this company’s use of popular film, comic book imagery and surreal humour belies intelligent satire and a complicated story, which was intricately brought to a conclusion.

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'Ma Biche et mon Lapin' - Collectif Aïe Aïe Aïe | Edinburgh 2012

22. August 2012 Simon Hart

Sometimes the best theatrical treasures of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are the small and perfectly formed ones, often hidden away in unusual performing spaces. Such was 'Ma Biche et mon Lapin'.

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'Angus - Weaver of Grass' - Horse + Bamboo | Edinburgh 2012

22. August 2012 Raven Kaliana

The story unravels as an old man pulls a bit of grass from his pocket and begins to twist it together in his hands. Throuhgout, the puppets have a rough, folk-art quality, while shadow puppetry and projections are used to illuminate an inner world.

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'Boris & Sergey' - Flabbergast | Edinburgh 2012

16. August 2012 Raven Kaliana

Extraordinary feats of team puppet manipulation, improvised dialogue and audience interaction keep the performance fresh. Not to mention the enduring impact of the striking finale.

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'Cloud Man' - Ailie Cohen | Edinburgh 2012

14. August 2012 Eleanor Margolies

This delicate production is thoughtful, beautifully designed and structured. It invites the audience to pay attention to familiar things and find magic there.

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'The Flycycle and Submercycle' - Pif-Paf

14. July 2012 Zelda Hannay

These are two madcap cycle contraptions that showcase Pif-Paf’s wonderful ability to create beautiful but functional objects around which a theatrical world can revolve.

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‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ - threesixty

9. July 2012 Jeremy Bidgood

As Hollywood’s inexorably saccharine skirmishes with the Narnia series have shown, it’s easy to get adaptations wrong. Fortunately there’s enough in Rupert Gould’s production to entertain old and young.

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'Crow' - Handspring Puppet Company UK

21. June 2012 Jeremy Bidgood

In front of a placental like projection, a scrawny, new-born crow struggles to its feet atop a mound of earth. It slowly gains control of its extremities as more puppeteers come to its aid

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