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Tuesday 14 December 2021

Theatre Royal Brighton Presents A Tiny Christmas Show For Little People & Their Grown Ups

The Creative Learning department at Theatre Royal Brighton has built a reputation for creating shows in unusual places around the venue, particularly at Christmas where their small shows for young children and their families offer the perfect alternative to the glitzy offerings for older children and adults on the main stage. 

This year they are delighted to be collaborating with Brighton company Tiny Pickles to present Du Iz Tak? 

Tiny Pickles are Brighton based puppet makers Annie Brooks and Katherine Morton who teamed up to make this miniature magical puppet show Du Iz Tak? based on the award-winning book by Carson Ellis

"We love the quirky characters and charm of Ellis's beautiful illustration - they transport you immediately to another world".

Annie has made puppets and props for Moomins, Chemical Brothers, Spy Monkey, Shotgun Carousel and many more. Katherine has been artistic director of Long Nose Puppets since 2006, alongside Polly Dunbar and Tom Gray of Gomez.

Du Iz Tak? was made as a labour of love during 2020 lockdown - created from leftover scraps, old dolls house remnants and an old suitcase found in the loft. 

Annie and Katherine joined forces with talented puppeteers Sophie Powell and Lisa Mills to bring the troupe of little critters alive: 

"It really kept us sane through 2020 making each other laugh at ladybirds drinking tiny cocktails and woodlouses doing the hoovering."

Theatre Royal Brighton welcomed the company in to develop and rehearse the new show during the closure of the venue and to present initial performances when lock down eased. 

The joy that audiences felt when they met these tiny insects telling a timeless story led to the invite to return for Christmas!

Du Iz Tak? is an enchanting, unusual and magical Christmas treat for young families, performed in foyers and stairwells around the Theatre. 

As you peer into a miniature world insects pop up from hidey holes and go about their daily tasks, chatting in their own special language. 

This delightful group of friends busily inhabit their ever-changing home as the seasons come and go, creating a gloriously visual feast of a show.

Du Iz Tak? Live at Theatre Royal Brighton from 16th – 24th December 2021. Book for all events

by: Mike Cobley


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