The Tale Of The Cockatrice

An umbrella for a sword, a lamp as a tree and a wooden spoon as a nun, are just a few examples for the smart and innovative use of objects in The Tale of the Cockatrice. Mumblecrust Theatre offers a wonderful introduction to the magical world of puppets and object theatre.

It is a well-crafted production, performed by two talented storytellers, puppeteers and musicians. It’s just a little rough around the edges

The puppets were beautiful and well manipulated, the play is well written and the story was told in a unique and well flowing way. Although there was a lot of thought put into the lighting cues, they were not well constructed. If they had been, it would have added so much more to the atmosphere and the success of the show.

Word of warning, however. This show is definitely not for children. The younger members of the audience were hooked throughout the performance, but given the dark themes that the play explores, its perhaps more for teenagers and above. The fact that the program indicates that the show is for ages 6+ feels like a mistake. The dialogue includes realistic descriptions of dead bodies, and there is a very dark feel to the play overall. As the story is dark, full of terror and bloodshed this show would suit only those who enjoy the genre. It leaves a heavy and sick feeling and in that sense is not, by any means, educational.

The Tale of the Cockatrice evokes thoughts about good and evil, killing and life and raises a lot of questions about the nature of humankind. It is a well-crafted production, performed by two talented storytellers, puppeteers and musicians. It’s just a little rough around the edges.

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Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory, a hideous creature awakens... Brave knights flee in terror! Can a humble nun defeat the beast? Two muddle-headed storytellers use breathtaking puppetry, boisterous and beautiful live music and general tom-foolery to create this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers everywhere and their parents! "It is hard to find shows that work so well for children and adults alike and I would highly recommend this new and exciting company." (Artistic Director, The Lyric Theatre), "I like the cockatrice!" (A Young Audience Member).

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