Puppet wizardry on Exeter’s Northcott stage

PUBLISHED: 18:36 24 January 2011

Nix Wood and friend in Geppetto at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter soon.

Nix Wood and friend in Geppetto at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter soon.

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Geppetto play heralds first visit to Northcott by cube theatre company

FOR the first time ever, respected West Country theatre company cube, will perform on the stage at the Exeter Northcott.

Its intriguing new work, Geppetto, will be staged on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 1/2.

Using two performers and combining electric dialogue with mesmeric puppetry, the piece is a heart-rending journey into one man’s obsessive search for a lost child.

In 1956 a teenage girl (Nix Wood) answers a grubby advert inviting her to audition for the role of puppeteer in a forthcoming production of Pinocchio.

She isn’t expecting to meet a foreign-accented, ill-at-ease man in a shabby flat (Benjamin Symes) who calls himself Geppetto - Pinocchio’s father in the original story.

The play is written by cube’s associate writer Jon Welch and visits the Northcott before making an extensive West Country tour.

Tickets are £12 (concessions available) available online at www.exeternorthcott.co.uk or by calling (01392) 493493.


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