Fish Pie

An outrageous underwater lovechild of ‘The Mighty Boosh’ and ‘The Muppets’ doused in deliciously dark humour, Fish Pie is a culinary delight.

This engrossing, expertly ridiculous show keeps the audience giggling from start to finish; go see it! You’ll have a whale of a time.

Anyone who has consigned puppetry to children’s TV will think again when they see a front row composed of fully grown men roaring with laughter at a vigilante sea cucumber and an artisan prawn providing on-point satirical commentary on the sheer absurdity of the contemporary art world.

Fish Pie consists of three short stories, which follow three sea creatures (a fish, a prawn and a sea cucumber) living in the same building, where nothing remains serious for very long. The puppets are bizarrely beautiful and everything from the set to the smallest prop is lovingly crafted with exquisite aesthetic zeal. Every aspect of the performance is awash with fun and silliness, from the flurry of bubbles that accompany the audience as they enter the theatre right the way through to the hilarious script; even the cheeky grins on the faces of the puppeteers as their masterful manipulations teleport us to a world of crazy antics and moist mischief.

The on-stage action is intercepted with video animation and a very cool 1940’s-style soundtrack which pads out the stories and gives the puppeteers a break and time to prepare for the next nautical scene. Although this performance doesn’t focus on dialogue, the speech is nevertheless wonderful, with the puppeteers peeping an impressive array of accents, tones and character-suited sounds.

This engrossing, expertly ridiculous show keeps the audience giggling from start to finish; go see it! You’ll have a whale of a time.

Reviews by Alaina Briggs

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The Blurb

A puppetry feast following the troubled tales of three lonely sea creatures – Cuthbert (fish), Ludwig (prawn) and Myrtle (sea cucumber) who all live in the same murky pond. Told alongside animation all encompassed within the setting of a 1920s silent film. The show is narrated with text, beautiful music from Matti Bye and an alluring French(ish) man.

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