Moving puppetry comes to Spalding

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A regular column from South Holland Centre in Spalding.

Last summer, Lincolnshire One Venues (of which the South Holland Centre is a member) gave a group of young adults across the county a fantastic opportunity to attend the Edinburgh Festival in order to research shows and influence a strand of programming for participating Lincolnshire venues.

Having watched a variety of live theatre, comedy and dance performances the group were overwhelmed by a heart-warming puppet theatre performance for grown-ups which they were passionate to bring back to Lincolnshire audiences.

CELL, a five star hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, follows the story of Ted, who after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease goes on a trip of a lifetime, with his pet fish.

Its apparent dark theme belies a humorous and uplifting story which uses charming puppetry, physical theatre and an original musical score to tell the story of one man’s final adventure to create enough memories to last a lifetime. As the disease starts to cause his mobility to degenerate, Ted rushes towards experiencing a world that is outside of his comfort zone: from the streets of Lille to the romance of Venice.

Fleur Kenneally from Lincoln, who saw the performance in Edinburgh, praised the skill of the production saying: “The puppeteers move so proficiently, I became so enchanted by the character of Ted that I wholly believed he was a human being.”

Published reviews concurred, with Total Theatre saying it was ‘a technically accomplished and emotionally moving puppet show’ while The New Current said CELL is ‘as perfect piece of theatre as one is likely to see’.

So from gondolas to stale croissants, Bill Bryson to the Berlin Cinema, Lincolnshire audiences can now join Ted on his final journey when CELL’s UK tour stops off at the South Holland Centre on Wednesday, April 27 at 7.30pm.