REVIEW: ‘Inspirational one-man show’

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WHEN inspirational one-man show Swamp Juice came to the South Holland Centre, Spalding last week it was easy to see how the show had achieved a sell out, five star run at the Edinburgh Festival last year.

Jeff Achtem’s ingenious use of cardboard puppets to create an impressive shadow show left the audience of all ages screaming with laughter and delight.

The show starts as soon as you enter the theatre with Jeff sat at the back of the stage grunting and occasionally turning towards the audience, amongst a stage full of bits and bobs, a big white screen and a washing line full of various materials.

The lights go down and Jeff comes to life with his puppets and a light system operated by his foot.

The puppet shadows were brilliantly developed with the use of his hands and arms along with many household items including tinsel and a party blower.

The sounds effects and audience interaction were fantastic and the 3D finale was amazing, my son was ducking and diving in his seat to avoid the “birdy” and airplane.

Swamp Juice was bought to the South Holland Centre as part of the Jump In 2012 East Midlands Children’s Theatre and Dance Festival and on June 8 they will also be bringing Kindur (the adventurous life of Icelandic sheep) to the Centre.

Kindur is suitable for five to eight-year-olds and this lovely show will charm from the moment you enter the theatre as all children are given a white woolly heart, and when it glows it will be your turn to head to the stage and take an active part in the show.

Book your tickets now from the box office on 01775 764777 or for further information about Jump In 2012 visit