Edinburgh 2013: It’s Dark Outside - A puppet act with real charm, littered with moments that make you coo, smile or sigh
They seem to have a magic touch, the three young puppeteers of Perth Theatre Company.
In their sensitive hands, lumps of cotton wool turn into adorably eager puppies, and tents come quiveringly to life. They had a huge fringe hit with The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik, and while It’s Dark Outside can’t quite match that for sheer wonder, they prove they have a real skill in gently manipulating puppets - and an audience’s heart.
Through a mix of cute animation, live action, shadow and actual puppetry - but no words - PTC tell the story of an old man who’s losing his memory; it puffs away in little cotton wool clouds, which a seemingly sinister cowboy catches in a net. The old man follows them, taking us on a journey that delves into his life memories (and a meeting with that tent-turned-adorable-creature, whom he pets and then forgets; you’ll never be dried-eyed in Millets again).
It’s Dark Outside has real charm, littered with moments that make you coo, smile or sigh. The storytelling initially isn’t as clear as it could be, given it’s a simple tale, but every tilt of a head, twitch of a tent pole or bob of a cloud is perfectly precise. Such control renders this a cut above many a fringe puppet show.
Til 26 August (0844 545 8252)
Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beachart
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
- 2 Saneie Masilela, 9, marries Helen Shabangu, 53 years his senior, for the second time
- 3 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 4 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 5 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley star in trailer for new Alan Turing film The Imitation Game
Endeavour series 2, episode 4 - TV review: A gripping, sordid, startling and magnificent end to the series
It looks like Krusty the Clown is the major Simpsons character death
Russell T Davies wants your 'sexcapades' for new web series Tofu about modern sex culture
Star Wars 7: Plot details 'leak', with sequel's opening sequence and premise revealed
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains
- < Previous
- Next >