'The Devil and Mister Punch' - Improbable

10. February 2012 Isobel Smith

Improbable's masterpiece The Devil and Mister Punch is a fitting tribute to the first recorded Mr Punch in 1662, 350 years ago this year. It contains all the wife beating, baby throwing, sausage chasing shenanigans we would expect from a Punch and Judy show, along with Harvey and Hovey, bowler-hatted clown puppeteers played with exuberance and pathos in equal measure by Nick Haverson and Rob Thirtle.

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'André and Dorine' - Kulunka Teatro

26. January 2012 Penny Francis

It had a big heart and an engaging story told without words by three talented performers in big masks which expressed very well – and simply – the characters portrayed.

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'2 Dimensional Life of Her' - Fleur Elise Noble

25. January 2012 Penny Francis

Memory paints pictures of an environment of blacks, whites and greys with sudden bursts of intense colour, as when the whole stage burns down in a ferocious fire caused by a careless smoker. Fire is noisy, and the noise of breaking wood and glass added to the fear that just maybe the fire was real and we the audience were in danger. 

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'Fragments de Vie' - Théâtre Tête de Pioche

25. January 2012 Isobel Smith

After a tantalising peek at Christine Saint-André's beautiful static installations in the anti-chamber, we leave our coats, bags and are shoeless and penniless as we enter the inner sanctum.

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'Plucked' - Invisible Thread

21. January 2012 Isobel Smith

Yes, beware the wolf-man and the raven too, for in Plucked, a dark fairytale about desire and betrayal, the horny wolf does get the girl and the bitter crone raven will wreak her bitter revenge on you peck-by-peck.

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'A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings' - Kneehigh / Little Angel Theatre

19. January 2012 Isobel Smith

The action begins with the fabulous nosy old woman, nebbing out of her cottage window and busy-bodying around the streets. She is very happy to offer her opinions and miserable premonitions.

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'Translunar Paradise' - Theatre Ad Infinitum

17. January 2012 Matt Jackson

Theatre Ad Infinitum's latest production is performed by a talented trio combining the techniques of classic mask work, dance, Feldenkrais movement, Lecoq physical training, circus skills and cabaret. 

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'The Table' - Blind Summit

13. January 2012 Isobel Smith

Blind Summit's new production The Table is almost three shows in one. The first slice of action sees a puppet Moses preparing to perform the last twelve hours of his life for us, in real time. 

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