Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales
Julia Donaldson over-kill
This article is from 2012.
So it comes as something of a disappointment to see what they’ve done with Tiddler. As you would expect from a company of this stature, the show is energetically performed, cleverly directed and makes innovative use of set, props and costumes.
But when they say Tiddler and other Terrific Tales in the title, they’re not joking. No fewer than four Donaldson picture books are played out here – Monkey Puzzle, Squash and a Squeeze, Smartest Giant in Town and Tiddler. All of which have such huge theatrical potential on their own, so many characters and situations to squeeze fun and drama out of, that it seems a terrible shame to charge through each of them in this way.
Stick Man took its time, and worked wonders. But none of these stories has been given the TLC it deserves.
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