Har­ness some pup­pet power

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You’ll almost al­ways find some pup­pet shows as part of FringeKids! (at the Palmer­ston Li­brary). This year’s en­tries in­clude Han­dle With Care, which uses var­i­ous styles of pup­petry to look at en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns (from July 4), and The Hap­pi­est Place On Earth, in which an or­phaned girl searches for her place in the world (from July 5). A pair of Shake­spearean tales also get fam­ily-friendly pup­pet stag­ings: in Rovero And Juliet, the star-crossed lovers are a dog and a cat (from July 4), while re­turn­ing fave Shakey-Shake and Friends presents A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream… A Pup­pet Epic! (pic­tured, from July 5).

But strictly adult shows also draw on the magic of ma­nip­u­la­tion, among them Urge For Go­ing, in which a prairie girl hopes to follow the ex­am­ple of her in­spi­ra­tion, a well-known folk legend (from July 4 at Tar­ragon Mainspace), and This Play Is Like ___, in which shadow pup­pets, folk tales and com­edy help tell a com­ing-of-age tale (from

July 3 at Ran­dolph The­atre).

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