THEATRE JAck PRATcHARd Zoo roxy (Venue 115) HHHHH
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.
Until 30 August. Today 3:55pm.