Tim and Light (4 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Tim and Light

An ode to friendship for all ages

Hal Chambers has created a mesmerising original tale in Tim and Light. Under his direction, the story comes to life through a group of talented actors and puppeteers, who manipulate a range of household items to assemble a charming landscape with more than a passing resemblance to a child's play area.

An old bed sheet becomes a backdrop for captivating shadow puppetry, and a chest of drawers doubles up as a mini-stage and train station. With these humble props, the story of 13-year-old Tim and his cat, Light, unfolds as the duo go on a mysterious journey that ends at an old house. Here, they find an imprisoned girl and discover the sinister motives of its occupant in a wonderfully dramatised flashback scene.

While the peripheral characters are fun and engaging, Tim – a beautifully crafted puppet – is more than worthy his central status. The actors manipulate him in such a way as to make him really seem like a gawky young teenager. The intricacy of the story means that the attention span of very young children may wander, but this is much more than just a show for kids: it's an ode to friendship with which people of any age can identify.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug, 12.30pm, £9/8 (£8/7).

Tim and Light 2011 Summer Tour Trailer

Tim and Light

  • 4 stars

Tim and his cat, Light, must journey on a magical train to save the mysterious girl in the red dress. But can they defeat the scary boy with metal teeth? The riveting story examines exclusion, hope and friendship and charts Tim’s epic journey from boy to young man. Combining an original electronic/folk soundtrack and…

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