Puppetry for grownups – Go ahead punk, come and see the show! Challenges a puppet theatre pastiche of Spaghetti Westerns, which made its Barnstaple Fringe Theatre Festival debut on June 23, and will continue to June 25.
Made for grownups but suitable for all ages, the Croon Productions show takes a new look at the cinematic favourite. The puppets are based on classic Spaghetti Western actors including Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef.
This cinematic world of the Wild West is brought to life in and around a frontier town made from pianos.
Two upright pianos are cut into multiple pieces and when arranged whole they represent the street, the desert, or the jail and when apart individual pieces can be the interior of the saloon, the bank or even a cemetery. With rod marionettes and toy theatre.
In a desolate town, the jail explodes! El Kapitan is WANTED. No Name rides into town, closely followed by Blonde Eyes. Tumbleweed appears, the saloon is humming. A bank job, a bounty, the bell chimes, the coffin maker is busy. The noose sways in the wind. Justice is best delivered with a cigar on your lip and a gun on your hip. Spaghetti is a Western.
SPAGHETTI! (Is a Western) is at the Queens Theatre for the Barnstaple Fringe Theatre Festival – Baptist Hall at 6.30 pm, June 23, 24 and 25, 2016.
(from a press release)