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13 Oct – 13 Nov 2016
Bristol Old Vic

4 star
The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, WhatsOnStage

“The puppetry by Gyre & Gimble is superb.”
The Times

“Gyre & Gimble create a star in a wolf puppet, with long grey muzzle, glittering eyes and a rag-clad swivelling body.”
The Observer

“A strikingly skeletal grey wolf and an expressive version of the boy Grinpayne.”
The Guardian

“Amazing to look at, with the best puppetry since War Horse.
Mail On Sunday

“The wolf, Mojo…he’s a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-him stage presence, never more beguiling than when in repose, breathing deep.
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Based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo

“One small smile can change your world.”

A strange new act has arrived at the Stokes Croft fair, a grotesque oasis of entertainment. Soon everyone from the gutter rats to the Queen has fallen for the freak Grinpayne and his hideously beautiful face. But who is he really? And how did he come to possess such a gruesome smile? Together with an old man, a blind girl and a wolf, he has a past to uncover. A tale so tragic and twisted that not even he can guess how it will end.

This production was Gyre & Gimble’s first collaboration with Tom Morris since War Horse and featured many forms of puppetry. From a shadow puppet prologue, to bunraku incarnations of young Grinpayne and Dea as well as a puppet/performer hybrid in Mojo the wolf.
 

Creative Team

Writer Carl Grose
Music & Lyrics Tim Phillips & Marc Teitler
Director Tom Morris
Set Designer Jon Bausor
Costume Designer Jean Chan
Puppetry Design & Direction Finn Caldwell & Toby Olié
Movement Director Jane Gibson
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Sound Designer Simon Baker
Music Supervisor Tom Deering
Puppet Fabricators Nick Barnes, Daisy Beattie, Dulcie Best, Caroline Bowman, Marc Parrett, Hugh Purves & Zosia Stella-Sawicka

Original Cast

Grinpayne Louis Maskell
Dea Audrey Brisson
Ursus/King Clarence Sean Kingsley
Mojo a wolf Stuart Angell & Alice Barclay
Barkilphedro Julian Bleach
Duchess Josiana Gloria Onitiri
Lord David Dirry-moir Stuart Neal
Queen Angelica Patrycja Kujawska
Lord Trelaw/Osric Ewan Black
Lady Trelaw/Quake Gloria Obianyo
Band Stu Barker, Pete Flood, David Guy, Ross Hughes & Tarek Merchant

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