Canon Warriors (Experimental Theatre Club)
By Francesca Peschier | Published on Saturday 20 August 2016
An afternoon in a cellar with Thanet’s premier (and only) feminist puppeteers sounds like scarily worthy Fringe fair, despite the promise of “feminist dick jokes”, but your heart will be captured by this beach hut-dwelling menagerie. Using hand puppets to communicate so much unsaid, Puck-like Punch (Livi Dunlop) and anxious Fleur (Imogen Allen) try to save their home from the not-so faceless council (Matthew Shore). The three performers build a believable if bizarre world, with Ell Potter’s direction avoiding any of the Radcylffe Hall-style wringing of hands that so often ruins LGBTQ romantic dialogue. A brilliantly crafted piece of new writing, puppets Dog and Sid deserve their own show, if only to complete Punch’s ode in song to Shakespeare’s penis metaphors.
Paradise in The Vaults, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Francesca Peschier]