Enchanting theatre for the youngsters

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A PLAY of light and shadow – the most ancient of all the puppet arts tells one of the classic Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling – The Cat That Walked By Himself.

Inspired by the traditional paintings of north-east India, the moving shadows beautifully re-create the story of a time when the world was young, and woman tamed man, dog, horse and cow, but . . .  did she tame cat?

Narrated with gentle humour, this magical performance is created using simple technology and will enchant the audience. 

Performed by leading puppeteers Nik Palmer and Sarah Rowland-Barker from Noisy Oyster with sound track narrated by Pip Utton.

Sarah Rowland-Barker trained in classical dance, went on to obtain a degree in dance and psychology, and after further training at the National Centre for Circus Skills and Performing Arts, worked in theatre, street performance and television, and toured with Snapdragon Circus and No Fit State Circus. She’s been performing for over 25 years.

Nik Palmer worked for Norwich Puppet Theatre before a short spell at Lecoq mime school in Paris, after which he was one half of Parachute Theatre Company for 20 years.

Also included in the production is a short piece called The Big Surprise – an original and slightly wacky tale of gastronomic adventure. Two overhead projectors are used to create a live and colourful animation.

The Cat That Walked By Himself is at The Old Town Hall Theatre, Hemel Hempstead on Saturday, March 26, 2.30pm.

Call the box office on 01442 228091 or go online at www.oldtownhall.co.uk. For ages five and over.