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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2012
The Great Puppet Horn
This is cardboard stuck to a stick at its best! Cutting comedy from Britain's leading satirical shadow-puppet duo. In a mere 60 minutes hundreds of puppets are animated at break-neck speed to provide up-to-the-minute commentary on everything from global finance to polar bears. As discarded politicians fly by your ears, delight in the shadowy characters who speak, beatbox and pole dance for your entertainment. This is South Park meets Newsnight with a whole load of cardboard.
Brighton Fringe: The Great Puppet Horn
What is it with puppets and knockabout satire? The Great Puppet Horn (the ‘Horn’, we are told, is ambiguous) might be a potential successor to Spitting Image – although the lo-fi 2D cardboard figures and exaggerated spirit of silliness might equally stack up against South Park.
When it comes to making David Cameron a laughing stock, it’s shadow puppets you want, not the Shadow Cabinet. In this anarchic offering, the PM is in cahoots with an evil alien queen Thatcher, with Nick Clegg as his literal lapdog.
The hero of the story, though, is a borderline-depressive Bi Polar Bear – with the ‘bi’ having the expected double meaning about his sexuality. Even in silhouette, he’s sad-eyed refugee who flees to Britain as his iceberg has melted, then finds love online. It's quite a sweet story that grounds the madness spawned from the headlines, and makes a valiant, if ill-fated, job of holding the loose plot together.
Puppeteers Jeremy Bidgood and Lewis Young are keen to encompass all the big topics of the day, throwing all manner of news stories into the joyously fast-paced and often inventive epic. Wind turbines take an unlikely central role, while in this energetic duo’s imagination, the immigration cap is an actual item of headwear.
Taken in isolation, the plot is flimsy, the jokes cheesy and the satire broad, sometimes very obvious. But the way they combine in a spirit of hyperactive, daft fun ensures boisterous laughs as the supposed great and the good are reduced to bit players in this preposterous farce. Meanwhile the topical theme makes the rough and ready show relevant, if not reverent
Similarly, the duo behind the white screen – aka Pangolin’s Teatime Company – are no impressionists, but they more than make up for that with the verve of their performance, which also extends to the odd comic song: their Jews Brothers number being an especial hit.
All in all, there’s a lot of colour contained in The Great Puppet Horn’s tiny black-and-white world.
|Date of live review: Wednesday 16th May, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
I went to see this yesterday it was very funny and quite mad.