The Toyland Murders (Kite Tail Theatre Company)
By Gemma Scott | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016
‘The Toyland Murders’ is a classic New York noir thriller, as we see Inspector McGraw attempt to find the culprit in a series of increasingly grizzly murders. She interrogates the city’s most notorious, hardened criminals. Except…the characters are all puppets, all bright colours and huge button eyes. Suitable for children and adults, there are lots of toy-based jokes here, and it has real similarities to Jasper Fforde’s ‘Nursery Crime’ novels. The puppeteers themselves are highly skilled, very expressive and animated, so that you’re sometimes not sure whether to watch them or the puppets. ‘The Toyland Murders’ is a highly inventive and creative piece from this young company, with lots of laughs and clever parodies of noir film clichés.
Bedlam Theatre, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Gemma Scott]