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Sunday 01 April 2012

Tale Of Happiness & Redemption Produced Brighton Kids Theatre At Its Very Best

There is so little great kids theatre out there that it is amazing how much of it you can see here in Brighton.

Sam Rose in the Shadows, at the Pavilion Theatre (Tucked-In Productions, 1/4/12) was yet another example of how lucky we are in this city in terms of not only the range of theatres, but also the quality of work selected - by the Dome Complex of theatres in particular.

What children need is no gimmicks, no nonsense, no patronising, quality theatre, and that is exactly what Brighton gave them.

Everything about the production sang out with quality; the costumes, the puppets, the script, the acting, the attention to detail, the hard, hard work and above all the fact that these people know exactly what they are doing.

The story is about a father and son who find happiness and redemption through a coming together of minds, and by dealing with past in a rational way.

If I tell you any more I might spoil it for next time.

In essence, the light of truth and honesty help the father deal with the monsters within, and without, in order to make his life complete.

The use of physical metaphors, the box of sad memories that the father carries around, and creepy music with creepy shadow ‘baddies’ (as well as a deceptively simple set) all came together to make this a great morning out.

The children all thoroughly enjoyed it.

My son Joe, who is 6 ¾ , came with me wanted to help me write the review.

I said yes, and here is his contribution.

He typed it all himself and it is his first published work.

“The puppets have good skin and there are good models. 

“It is a little bit scary but I enjoyed it so much. Everyone should see it.”



by: Howard (& Joe) Young (Arts Editor)


   

Illustrators Quentin Blake and Posy Simmonds both boast delightfully colourful CVs. Blake, perhaps best known for the illustrations that adorn Roald Dahl's children’s books, has been drawing ever since he can remember. Simmonds meanwhile, recollects, "Making a drawing of buttons when I was three." 
Newly launched monthly acoustic/folk/roots night Woodshackin', held at much-loved Brighton pub/venue The Greys, is featuring hotly-tipped young folk star Hattie Briggs in its line-up on Thursday, 2nd October.

Both headliner Lee Mack and support Mike Gunn were able ride a wave of goodwill, at the Brighton Centre, on Sunday 28th October 2014.
The rapper/poet/playwright Kate Tempest is set to launch her new book of poetry Hold Your Own; an ambitious, multi-voiced work based around the mythical figure of Tiresias.
After two years away the most popular ice show in the world, Holiday on Ice, is returning to The Brighton Centre  for one week only with their 70th anniversary show Platinum, featuring Dancing on Ice All Stars winner, Ray Quinn. **(See competition below).
The Unthanks first came to our attention when they were headlining a Great Escape night. A packed Spiegeltent next to St Peter’s Church, in Brighton, emptied rapidly as support, Bon Iver, left the venue. 

After teaming up with the Foo Fighters in both Scotland and South Africa, Kaiser Chiefs will find time in their busy schedule to play a date at the Brighton Centre.
Queenspark Books unveils its 104th new book this autumn. A beautifully edited compendium of writing, memories, oral histories, design and photography, Brighton Trans*formed chronicles the lives and experiences of Brighton & Hove's Transgender community. 
Glyndebourne opera house has announced the winners of its 2014 Tour Art Competition, unveiling three, contemporary female artists of the future.
Brighton was doused in colour twice at the weekend (Saturday September 20th) as more than 10,000 runners of all ages, shapes and sizes took part in The Color Run.
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