'Fish Pie' - Colossal Crumbs
Colossal Crumbs' 'Fish Pie' is made up of three short stories, each with a very different flavour. Ranging from huge, larger-than-human sized puppets to the tiniest creation that plays a miniscule piano, the show's exhilarating menagerie of talking cucumbers, romantic crabs and clumsy flies keep the audience gasping and chuckling for the whole hour.
'Fish Pie' bulges with character and colour, starting with Cuthbert the fish. I love his huge glasses, his skilfully puppeteered mop routine, and his naive way of looking out at the audience. He is painfully beautiful to watch, and possibly one of the most endearing puppets I've ever come across.
Ludwig, the blinking lobster's character seems to rest on his expressive, arrogant eyes and his blinking eyelids. This act is full of chaotic fawning by two remarkable shellfish puppets and boasts a powerful video sequence that has the audience in hysterics. Next is Myrtle, a most curious looking sea cucumber and star of the show. Puppeteered by Annie Brooks, she is a polite grandmother and an activist, who wields weapons and takes on the fish and chip shops of the south coast of England.
The Colossal Crumbs team of puppeteers serve up a seamless concoction of beautiful puppets, film, sound track narration, music, inventive shifts in scale, curious props and even some audience participation. There's always something exciting going on on stage, and often several exciting things at once. Along with the endearing characters, the infectious enthusiasm of the team of puppeteers makes the show a pleasure to watch.