The beautiful thing about puppetry theatre is that it appeals to all ages, from an overly excited three year old to a sceptical and sleep deprived parent. It swoops you into a fantasy world but leaves enough room for imagination to take its own course.
The Tear Thief, based on a book by Carol Ann Duffy, is the story of a mystical thief that steals children’s tears and takes away their sadness. She collects the tears that, to her, are as cherished as the most valuable jewels. She takes them to the moon to make it shine. The sadder the tears, the brighter they make the moon.
Every mother knows how true and deep children’s emotions can be and so the idea that tears of real sorrow are the most precious ones, is truly poetic and somehow melancholic (we had to pull ourselves together!). The profound notion that it’s these feelings that can create something as breathtaking as the bright moon pulled at our heartstrings.
The play is accompanied by beautiful, ethereal music, composed and performed by James Hesford. The set is minimalistic but effective and each puppet, especially the Tear Thief, is a masterpiece in its own right.