Finders Keepers (Hot Coals Theatre)
By Gemma Scott | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016
‘Finders Keepers’ is a great piece of physical theatre, about a father and daughter living in a junkyard, whose lives are changed when they find an abandoned baby. The two main characters, played by Jo Sargeant and Claire-Louise English, are delightfully, unapologetically ugly – scraping armpit hair off with a knife and spraying nail clippings. The puppet-baby is manipulated with great skill, though the loud crying becomes increasingly grating after a while. Told entirely without words, the play is designed to appeal to both hearing and D/deaf audiences, and it does this admirably, with visual cues to indicate the sound effects. Hot Coals Theatre have found the perfect balance between humour, sadness and sincerity in this heart-warming show.
ZOO, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Gemma Scott]