Presented by Lempen Puppet Theatre Company

Storyteller, Peter Grimm opens a box to find a ‘Thing’ that takes him on an unusual journey, weaving its way through a medley of well-known Brother’s Grimm tales, to finally unlock his imagination and free his stories. With puppets, acting and live music. Fun, inspiration and delight for all the family.
 

DATE: Saturday 15th October

TIME: 11:30 am / 2:00 pm

PRICE: £8/6

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ABOUT

As I was walking down the beach, one bright and sunny day,
I saw a great big wooden box, a-floating in the bay.
I pulled it in and opened it up, and there to my surprise,
I discovered a …?
… right before my eyes!
 
Storyteller, Peter Grimm opens the box to find a ‘Thing’ that takes him on an unusual
journey, weaving its way through a medley of well-known Brother’s Grimm tales,
to finally unlock his imagination and free his stories.
 
With puppets, acting and live music.
 
Fun, inspiration and delight for all the family!

PRESS & REVIEWS

“Its excellence lies squarely on the shoulders of its only performer, Daniel Lempen, whose skill and delicacy at navigating the plot of the production, as well as playing instruments, singing and manipulating the puppets is truly impressive.” Lee Callaway, Bristol Evening Post  (Bristol Festival of Puppetry)

A really, really good show – the writing was excellent.  The performance was incredibly skillful and energetic.  Charismatic and engaging.” Audience: Beverley Puppet Festival

“Lempen Puppet Theatre Co. – EXCELLENT in every way!” Hockwold Village Hall, Norfolk Rural Touring

“The solo performer, in a remarkable tour-de-force, sings and plays harmonica and banjo, provides all the puppet voices, manipulates a variety of glove and rod puppets and moves around the boxes that operate as his playboards.” Buxton Puppet Festival, by Matthew Isaac Cohen

 

Theatre Review:

 
The Amazing Thing at Little Angel Theatre, London
 
Finely-told tales that tell their own story. In the two shows they have briefly brought to Islington’s Little Angel Theatre, Lempen Puppet Theatre shows different ways of making familiar stories new. In Little Frankenstein
it’s the combination of medieval Romance with the sci-fi fantasy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
 
In The Amazing Thing (properly, spelled out as above to give the sense of something really impressive) it’s the idea of traditional folk tales having a life of their own.
 
Peter Grimm, modern descendent of the brothers who famously collected traditional stories, finds a box
washed-up, and in it an Amazing Thing – a mermaid-like figure from their time. A fairytale character herself,
she’s caught by her hair in the wooden box and asks to be freed.
Back in his ancestors’ day, it seems she was a bit of a nuisance, wanting to tell tales her own way. The
discovery leads to re-angled accounts of Red Riding Hood, the Princess and the Frog plus – using that long
hair trapped in the woodwork – Rapunzel.
 
A happy humour’s caught from the moment Peter enters playing the harmonica – and there’s dexterity
with the puppets, as with the wooden box which transforms into sections of a tower. The piece never loses
its simple story interest (even at an ‘all ages’ performance, when the usual lower age limit of 5 was
abandoned, attention levels remained high).
 
Then there’s the fun of an argument, the ‘Amazing Thing’ in the box being a quietly disruptive element –
the child who asks why, or wants the story different, contrasting the adult storyteller who ‘knows’ he knows
best but only knows what he knows.
 
It brings to life the contrast between the adult, for whom the story is fixed, remembered from childhood,
and the young person for whom it’s a living experience, to be shaped, questioned and reconsidered.
If the Amazing Thing was marooned for such responses, her re-appearance indicates that stories are
dynamic things that can bring new life to the familiar. Skilfully performed, happy and welcoming in manner,
this piece is rare in examining the malleability of stories, which can’t be laid to rest in boxes or in books.
 
Review: Timothy Ramsden 17 July 2015.

EVENT INFO

RUNNING TIME: 55 mins

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Family 5+

Please note that latecomers may be refused entry and readmittance may not be possible.
In the event of a show having an interval The Edge may not allow access to latecomers until the second half of the performance, this is due to the seating area being accessed across the performance area.

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