Captivating an audience of under fives is a miracle.
From the beginning the actor puppeteers caught children’s attention and imagination at The Warren.
It was the first of five shows at the Brighton Fringe venue, telling the Eric Carle stories The Artist Who Painted the Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and finishing with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Dressed in white, the humans blended into the background as the beautifully crafted puppets stole the show.
With fluid movements the pink bunny bounded across the stage.
Lighting created an underwater effect for Mister Seahorse. The scene completed by the puppeteers wearing snorkel and masks.
It was fascinating to learn about male fish raising their families.
Concern for the Very Lonely Firefly was palpable as it flew around seeking its own kind, to find candles, cars, city light until finally it wasn’t lonely any more.
It was a moving piece.
When the moon appeared it was a great segway to lead into the main event. There on a very large leaf sat a tiny egg.
There were shrieks of delight as the tiny caterpillar popped out of his egg, before heading off to enjoy a banquet.
This was truly magnificent, beginning with a larger puppet took on a week of feasting.
He was still hungry
Children counted along with every fruit. One red apple, two pairs, three plums, four strawberries and five oranges.
Hearing the audience of young voices yell “but he was still hungry” was magical.
Munching through the picnic saw the puppeteers dancing with slices of salami, an ice cream cone and pickle.
Not forgetting the chocolate cake and lollypop.
Once again the caterpillar ate through one nice big green leaf to transform into a big fat caterpillar, the young audience recited the story.
Everyone was quiet as he built his coccon house before transforming.
As the giant butterfly filled the stage the multitude of children were enchanted.
This was an outstanding show. Perfect for young children and just as great for my nearly four-year-old.
I’ll give it five stars *****.
Tickets provided for review for The Argus.