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Theatre Review: Tinka's New Dress

Tinka's New Dress

The Pit, Barbican, London EC2

(0171-638 8891)

Sooty as a secret subversive? Pinky and Perky as fifth columnists? No, but Canadian Ronnie Burkett manipulates and speaks dialogue for 37 exquisitely fashioned marionettes in a ghetto drag club during the political nightmare of a totalitarian regime. There are moments to which the only possible response is "puh-leeeeze" but the show is often hilarious and Burkett is quick on the uptake with the audience response, weaving in topical material - like references to Blair - with flair.