Handmade Tales (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Handmade Tales

Young company, Tap Tap Theatre, excels at storytelling enchantment

Tap Tap Theatre sprung into existence last year, created by University of Bristol students, and has quickly garnered an enviable repuation.

This year they have three shows at the Fringe: Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time, Men and Handmade Tales, an enchanting feat of storytelling that displays the transformative power of words.

The show cycles through five stories, taking in motifs that run the gammut from courtly love to the 21st Century family. Each is heralded by the introduction of a minimalist prop and, within moments, the energetic and vastly talented actors conjure a fully-formed world. The action is rife with physicality and, along with live musical accompaniment, is wholly absorbing.

Underpinning the spellbinding peformances is a wondrous script by Tash Dummelow and Miriam Battye. The accomplishment of these young writers is impressive, creating whole new fairytales and then deftly tying them all together. Though billed as a children's show, the sophistication of the storytelling renders it suitable for all ages, with a cornucopia of references (perhaps just slightly too many for younger children) designed to entertain adults.

Zoo Southside, 662 6892, until 26 Aug (not 14), 11.50am, £8 (£6).

Handmade Tales

  • 4 stars

Handmade Tales is full to the brim with six new and enchanting stories that will inspire and delight. This innovative explosion of nostalgia promises to charm audiences of all ages. Let live music and cracking characters whisk you on a hilarious, touching journey to the heart of storytelling. Praise for Tap Tap’s previous…