As part of its first UK Spring tour Dog Show will be scampering your way soon with more dates to follow.
REVIEW: 4 Stars – Dog Show – Rondo Theatre
March 31, 2016
Every so often it is possible to discover an absolute gem of a show. The large audience at The Rondo were certainly better informed than I of the artistry of Sylvia Hunt, for that I felt a little bit left out; however I am now part of the fan club.
Sylvia Hunt is clearly a highly talented and accomplished comedienne and puppeteer. She leads us through the relationships people have with their dogs and also at times inhabits the dog world herself, resplendent with bouncing ears and endless energy.
There are moments of pure comedy gold; the series of vignettes are entertaining with some being more successful than others. Regardless of this, it is clear that the show is unique and wildly creative; the multipurpose set allows the scenes to flow seamlessly throughout the show, the music and tracks are also well chosen. There are outstanding moments, which include: the poodle parlour, the visit to the vet, the squirrel collector and a finale that almost stopped the show in its tracks. The overall performance will no doubt be tailored after this first outing as here is a diamond ready for final polishing and unleashing on further venues.
Aside from the engaging central human, the puppetry mastery of Marc Parrett brings to life many familiar canine faces. From the poodle to the drug sniffer dog the synchronicity of puppet and puppeteer is an absolute joy to watch. This piece is well worth following as it starts its journey. It has the makings of an absolute hit.
**** – 4 Stars
Wednesday 30th March, The Rondo Theatre, Bath, 8pm
The Rondo Theatre, St. Saviours Road BATH BA1 6RT , TicketSource Booking Line - 0333 666 3366 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/114410
Sunday 3rd April, MECA, Swindon 2pm
MECA House, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1PR, Tickets Available at http://www.swindontheatres.co.uk *Swindon Theatres are acting as an agent on behalf of Swindon Fringe Festival
Thursday 7th April, South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes 8pm
South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE BOX OFFICE: 0844 888 0435 Online sales at: http://www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!theatre/cf9i
Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June, Bath Museum at Work, 8pm as part of Bath Fringe Festival
Bath Museum at Work, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH
Tickets available through Bath Box Office: 01225 463362 http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/sylvia-hunt-dog-show or on the door.
Tickets £5 with 50% of sales going to Bath Cats and Dogs Home
Thursday 23rd, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th June, The Baptist Hall, Barnstaple
Barnstaple Baptist Church, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1TD, Box Office 01271 32 42 42 or Tickets Available at: http://www.northdevontheatres.org.uk *North Devon Theatres are acting as agent for Fringe Fest Barnstaple
Friday 26th Saturday 27th August, Shambala Festival, Secret Country Estate, Northamptonshire
To buy tickets for the festival go to: http://www.shambalafestival.org