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US­Ing an in­tri­cate paper “story ma­chine’” Jonathan Storey tells a sur­real tale of one man’s jour­ney to the City of the Dead to re­trieve his wife, who has re­cently passed away. If Mr Benn ap­peared in a the­atre show by Philip Pull­man, the re­sult would prob­a­bly be some­thing sim­i­lar. Aided by tiny cut-out fig­ures, pul­leys, cogs, wheels and a record player, the like­able Storey delivers a mod­ern-day fairy­tale which paints the af­ter­life as a kind of At­lantis float­ing in­side a man’s hat.

De­spite a rather sad un­der­cur­rent, this show’s imag­i­na­tive vi­sion and quite fab­u­lous lit­tle ma­chine, filled with un­usual car­toon char­ac­ters and a beau­ti­fully vi­su­alised minia­ture world, make it ide­ally suited to a fam­ily au­di­ence.

While the story re­volves around a se­ries of co­in­ci­dences and a logic that is off the wall to say the least, the show suc­cess­fully and ap­peal­ingly turns death into some­thing trite and hu­mor­ous. Storey has a ter­rif­i­cally en­gag­ing voice, while his co-or­di­na­tion of the ma­chine and its in­hab­i­tants leaves you mar­vel­ling at such pre­ci­sion and tim­ing.

sALLy sToTT

Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day 3:55pm.

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