Post by Mr Wallacio on Nov 10, 2016 13:26:34 GMT
It's a shame I am writing about this show now when there are only 5 performances remaining, but I only found out about it a few days ago when my friend had a spare ticket and I went along and was completely blown away by the brilliance of the show (and great to see a new musical debut in this Bristol venue)
From the Bristol Old Vic website
"Cracked hearts. Strange fates. Impossible dreams.
The King is dead, but who the hell cares? A strange new act has arrived at the Stokes Croft fair, a grotesque oasis of entertainment.
Soon everyone from the gutter rats to the new Queen has fallen for the handmade freak Grinpayne and his hideously beautiful face. But who is he really? And how did he come to be so marked? Together with an old man, a blind girl and a wolf, he has a story to tell. A tale so tragic and so strange that not even he can guess how it will end.
The Grinning Man is a brand new tragicomic musical directed by Tom Morris and based on The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo. Brought to life by writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase) featuring a sensational original score by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler and puppetry from Gyre and Gimble, the original puppeteers of War Horse, don't miss this hot ticket!"
It has had such a good response that I really hope this gets a life outside of Bristol and more people can see it because the music is addictive, the set is brilliant for such a small intimate venue. The puppetry was amazing, and the cast all phenomenal.
The right combination of humour, dark aspects, sadness, hilarity, and I couldn't get on my feet quick enough at the end that is how much this deserved the standing ovations it has been getting every night.
Had I discovered this at the start of its run then I would have booked a second visit.
I don't suppose anyone has seen this in Bristol?