Three Singing Pigs, Norwich

ANGI KENNEDY The combined skills of the hare and tortoise, as depicted in this reworking of children's traditional stories, is also the winning formula for Obelong Art and Puppetry's Three Singing Pigs.

ANGI KENNEDY

The combined skills of the hare and tortoise, as depicted in this reworking of children's traditional stories, is also the winning formula for Obelong Art and Puppetry's Three Singing Pigs.

Speedy hare-like action is followed by quieter more tortoisey moments, where illustrated story-telling held young attention spans in check.

In the deft hands of Mike McManus and Janet Koralambe, the singing pigs, the frenzied hare and Winifred the fluffy duck, gain lovely movements and robust personalities which keeps stepping out of their stories to banter with the children.

Audience participation seemed, at times, unrelenting, as though calculated for crowd control. But perhaps I am too old and cynical to help the three pigs with their DIY by pretending to be a drill.

Their glorious panto-style Jack and The Beanstalk, saw the puppeteers cross-dressing to become the giant and his wife in vast wobbling wigs. Amid the mayhem, morality was abandoned and the audience at the Norwich Puppet Theatre just shouted their support for everyone, which probably says it all.

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