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Stig of the Dump (2016)

2016, Reviews

Stig of the Dump

The Guardian – ★★★★
“joyfully scrappy revival of junkyard fable”
“Clive King’s classic tale of a boy’s friendship with a mysterious caveman is retold with panache, poignancy and rousing percussion in this absorbing adaptation”
“As for the realisation of Stig himself, I wouldn’t wish to spoil the surprise; except to declare that it is pure, theatrical mahoo”
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The Stage – ★★★★★

The Stage Critic's Pick

“outstanding”
“Anton Cross and John Seaward, as Barney and Stig, lead an immaculate ensemble cast”
“breathtaking”
“Bond’s production is likely to cause as many tears of nostalgic joy as it does youthful laughter”
“This is family theatre of the highest standard”
“Outstanding adaptation and astute casting combine in a magical piece of family theatre”
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Chester Chronicle ★★★★
“a masterclass in the arts of puppetry and percussion”
“what Swale has done with the tale and how director Derek Bond interprets that in the performance space was nothing short of magical”
“delivered with subtlety and wit”
“must-see”
“Music often plays a vital role in the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre offerings but rarely has it been such an indispensible part of a play’s appeal as it is here. From start to finish, the entire company provides us with a masterclass in the art of percussion”
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British Theatre Guide
“excellent cast”
“you cannot fail to be moved by Anton Cross as he movingly portrays the loneliness and naivety of Barney as he struggles for friendship and acceptance”
“[Stig] is superbly brought to life by a combination of Jess Curtis’s design and John Seaward’s powerful performance”
“striking”
“Stig of the Dump is another charming production from a company that has become a quality mark of family entertainment”
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