Brighton Festival – The Iron Man

Mixing puppeteering, signing, storytelling, live music and a fabulously sunny day, the seafront’s children and adults were equally captivated by a fully animated iron giant, at least 20 feet tall, and arrival in a small boy’s life. Telling the twentieth century fairytale story created by Ted Hughes, a scrapyard set elevated the action of the actors so that an audience gathered, sitting in rows in front, standing in crowds behind the children, and hanging over the railings by the road, could savour this fantastic production. With a mix of differently able cast, huge monsters entered our lives, and the fable’s beauty became all the more magical for its scenery, massive puppets and setting. This kind of captivating, unique show is what the Festival is all about.

The Old Paddling Pool, 21 May

Rating: ★★★★★
Victoria Nangle

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