Iris Theatre has a nose for Pinocchio success at St Paul’s Church


Iris Theatre’s family show for its 2015 summer season is the classic Pinocchio which opens in Covent Garden next week.

The company returns for a seventh year to the gardens of St Paul’s, the Actors’ Church, Covent Garden.

The stars of the show are expected to be a spectacular selection of puppets which have been especially created for the production.

Pinocchio 1 Jonathan Mulquin as GeppettoPinocchio 2

They were created for the production by puppet-maker Alicia Britt. Alicia had a physical theatre background before combining her love of model-making with theatre on the renowned Technical Arts and Special Effects at Wimbledon College of Art.

Puppet and costume props soon became a specialty fusing physical performance with prop making. She has run workshops on puppetry, mask and physical theatre with young people at events including the International Youth Arts Festival.

Keen to prove he is as quick and clever as any real little boy, Pinocchio leaves his Pappa far behind. On a fantastical journey, Pinocchio meets a speaking cat, a dancing fox, a sneaky snake and a child who turns into a donkey; but as he’s swallowed up whole by a ship-guzzling dogfish it looks like Pinocchio will never become a real little boy…

Carlo Collodi’s fantastical version of 19th Century Tuscany is full to the brim with travelling carnivals, talking animals, fairies and foolish puppets.

This newly commissioned version is by Iris Theatre’s director Dan Winder and company composer Candida Caldicot, the same team who brought the celebrated and award nominated Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass over the last two summers.

The promenade production of Pinocchio will play from July 29-August 29.

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