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The King of Tiny Things – review

publication date: Jul 18, 2015
author/source: Anne Coates

The King of Tiny Things

Harriet (aged five) and I went to see The King of Tiny Things at the Underbelly at the South Bank Centre and it was a fantastic introduction to physical theatre, juggling, puppetry and shadow theatre all performed by a cast of four – Harriet was keeping a count. She particularly liked the ballerina in pink (no surprise there).

Based on the book by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Gwen Millward, this production of The King of Tiny Things adapted and directed by Poppy Burton-Morgan follows the adventures and experiences of two siters who are staying with their grandparents and have been persuaded to spend the night in a tent in the garden. The play explores the simple fears of the dark and creepy crawlies as well as the more complex ones of growing up and change.

It really is a lovely story to be enjoyed by anyone over the age of three who enjoys great singing, scintillating puppetry and skillful circus.

Our only problem was not being able to hear properly all of the time due to outside noise, otherwise this would have had five hearts.

PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥

Tour dates:

Camp Bestival, Dorset
Sat 1 August
Box Office: 0844 888 4410
National Playday Festival, Hull
Wed 5 August 2pm and 4:30pm
The Lowry, Salford
Thurs 6 August 2pm and 4:30pm
Box Office: 0843 208 6000
Malvern Theatres, Worcestershire
Sat 10 October
Box Office: 01684 892277
ARC Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
Sat 17 October
Box Office: 01642 525199

Greenwich Theatre, London
Mon 26 October
Box Office: 020 8858 7755

Leeds Carriageworks, Leeds
Tues 27 October
Box Office: 0113 224 3801
Cast Theatre, Doncaster
Wed 28 October
Box Office: 01302 303959

Bristol Circus Festival
Thurs 29 October - Sun 1 November                                                                                                                                      
Booking details tbc