Friday, October 12, 2007

puppets and squeezeboxes

I was lucky enough to get to see a preview performance of War Horse at the National last night, which was staged in association with the Handspring Puppet Company from South Africa, who created life-sized horse puppets, as well as a number of smaller animals, human figures and shadow puppets for the show. The horses are some of the most stunning puppets I have ever seen, and their movement was so beautiful it made me cry. The show also features choral singing, a melodeon and a bicycle on stage (one of my favorite things). It was one of the best pieces of theatre I've seen in a long while, and well worth seeing if you can.

Images from past Handspring shows:

Tooth and Nail

Ubu and the Truth Commission

(more images from Handspring shows can be found here)

In celebrity-spotting news, we sat next to Harish Patel at the theatre last night, and Ben saw Colin Meloy of the Decemberists busking with his accordion on the South Bank this morning.

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