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Feral

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing, Quirky, Entertaining

About the show

"Feral" is an innovative piece of visual theater that combines puppetry, film, and live sound to create and destroy a world in front of its audience’s eyes. More…

Puppeteers manipulate and bring to life a tiny world, whilst simultaneously creating a live animation, as they follow its every breath via digital camera.

Joe looks back at the town of his childhood. Bright, vibrant, and idyllic, the world resembles a haven of comfort. But as Joe journeys on, walls and lives are peeled back and the story of a community’s fall unfolds around him.


Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing, Quirky, Entertaining
79
Avg Score

75
Unusual, Absorbing, Thin story, Technically impressive, Visually stunning

See it if you like visual masterpieces. Live-film dazzles w extraordinary attn to detail. Performance art (not tradl theater). Clever and memorable.

Don't see it if you want devt of plot/character. If you're more verbal than visual, you may lose interest. Sh you watch film or crew? Visit stage after.

71
Refreshing, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if If you want a different kind of show. Puppetry and visual effects mske for this an interesting performance. Simply set, plot but effective

Don't see it if If you want a more traditional, more professional type of playNice simple directionIf you want a big staged production, or somethingconvonl

80
Quirky, Different, Fun

See it if Fun to see the artists create the art with drawings, figures & props, contrasted with the video screen above. They let you on stage after!

Don't see it if You don't like cartoons for adults; you don't like 55 minute shows where you can see how everything was done from the stage afterwards.

78
Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like animation and puppetry. It starts very cute but then gets more sinister. Stay after to get a closer look at the set.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play and are not interested in animation and experimental works.

92
Fun!, Absorbing, Intelligent, A completely unique theater experience, Do not miss this one

See it if Is it acting? Is it theater? I don't know correct label, but I know it was an amazing hour in theater. The figures, the story, the town. GO

Don't see it if You have no imagination You do not love discovering new things You need everything spelled out clearly

79
Unique, Ambitious, Masterful, Clever

See it if want to see something completely different. The expert use of technology was impressive as was the swift movements on stage.

Don't see it if you want a story you can relate to; don't like puppet shows although this is much more than a puppet show

Also I enjoyed the inventiveness and I liked going on stage afterwards to s... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to watch intriguing stage-craft as a team of performers use clever techniques to create a movie in real time.

Don't see it if Once the cleverness of the production value wears off, you're left with a confusing story that drags hard even at 50 minutes.

65
Not emotionally engaging, Well-staged, Well-executed, Disappointing

See it if you'd like to see a live animated show where how it happens is out in the open to see AND you haven't seen similar shows before.

Don't see it if you want to care about the characters, need a good/believable story, or have seen a well-done live animated show before.

Also The cast is so sweet & puts lots of well-coordinated effort in; I don'... Read more Read less

71
Slow, Quirky, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to get to know a group of young, experimental puppet theater makers.

Don't see it if You want to see a well thought out narrative with characters and throughlines.

95
Poignant, Inventive, Charming

See it if you like unconventional storytelling, lighthearted staging, morality plays. This sweet little piece smartly packages a universal truth.

Don't see it if you only like glossy, splashy, big shows or dislike puppetry.

Also The minimalist, black-and-white aesthetic is a brilliant choice to con... Read more Read less

58
Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you like seeing the craft of putting together a world with paper, pens, cameras, dolls and software ...

Don't see it if you want your shows to have a satisfying narrative that carries you through from beginning to end

75
Surprising, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You like innovative theater. Probably UNlike anything you have seen. Childlike at first, then becomes deeper and darker.

Don't see it if You are not open to anything but traditional theater with traditional actors. Are impatient. It starts quite slowly.

70
Intelligent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you seek out innovative theater that attempts to use technology in innovative ways to dramatize stories, even if it does not succeed.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a standard plot and character development. The desire to be technically clever exceeds the ability to execute.

During previews
78
Experimental, Quirky, Great staging, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Witness live-action 3D paper doll cutouts manipulated w/ soundscape in a puppetry projection lab. Craft is key in this digital radiotheatre.

Don't see it if Low-impactfully tame and not feral as Joe/Dawn visit park, village butcher, casino, seaside carnival,photobooth & supercade.(5' X 7' screen)

Also Signage:"The End is Nigh/Unrest in Town Grows." Visit minute detailed ... Read more Read less

During previews
85
So much talent and skill, Quirky and inventive, Unique, Absorbing

See it if Like wholly original theatrical experience w skilled artists working together 2 create "live" filmed animation w clay & cardboard. Amazing.

Don't see it if Want character dev or lotsa plot. More an exercise in visualization of an idea (w political overtones) than either a puppet show or a play

Also This is not a kid's puppet show, but a sophisticated blending of stage... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Quirky, Great staging, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You are looking for a quick shot of entertainment it’s less than an hour. Bring your imagination with you.

Don't see it if You’re looking for some serious theatre.

During previews
75
Fascinating, Original, Enjoyable, Technically accomplished

See it if From a flat storyboard, a miniature cardboard set diorama emerges complete with clothes pin size puppets manipulated by performers.

Don't see it if Then mini cameras film in minute detail a puppet show with technical effects and sound, which is projected above the stage.

Also You have to be OK with a puppet show that lasts less than an hour and ... Read more Read less

During previews
66
Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you’ll watch a short movie being filmed live, w/ multiple cameras, in 1 take, on a miniature, detailed set model. It’s a multitasking feat.

Don't see it if The movie/story itself had zero impact.

Also Production: 70... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Original, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see something completely different. Puppet figures animated in full view of the audience with sound design and video projection.

Don't see it if Not traditional puppets. Not traditional anything. It's like being backstage but you are in the audience.

Also What starts as an experiment in whimsy evolves into a sad tale of urba... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Original, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Like Innovative technology and effective original staging. Fascinating to watch how done.

Don't see it if Expect a typical puppet show or traditional theater.

During previews
92
Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy original creative innovative puppetry and animation and other amazing things.

Don't see it if 50 minutes is too short for a production.

During previews
88
Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy technically inventive theatre with a heavy focus on visual narrative constructs.

Don't see it if you dislike purely visual storytelling, or alternative means of performance.

Also This piece is absolutely delightful from start to finish. The sound de... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if Live shooting of 3 actors setting up cardboards with sketches on; would have recommended to kids if it wasn’t trying to sell political msgs

Don't see it if Bad storytelling is bad storytelling, no matter what form it uses; “actors” so busy with moving props that the plot is never fully developed

Also The theatre company is based in Edinburgh. If this is a Fringe show, I... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Dizzying, Cliched, Insipid, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to see something inventive and ambitious. you don't like to think about the story you are seeing a+ for effort -- but ...

Don't see it if Story really bugged me. Latent reactionary diatribe on dangers of the masses and precariousness of social order. In the end, way too busy.

During previews
77
Masterful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like multimedia theatre with an incredulous plot.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional, proscenium theatre.


May 23rd, 2019
"'Feral' is at its best when it answers the question of why live cinema is necessary for this story, as opposed to a more traditional film. Watching the performers — as they go under tables, scramble to position the puppets and improvise when technical difficulties arise — is a reminder of why we...
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May 24th, 2019
"The design is charming and careful...Despite the cute round-headed figurines, this show clearly isn’t meant for kids. So why is it so deliberately simplistic...I don’t know. For a British audience, who would find those things too obvious for words, there might be a different thrill here...’Feral...
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May 22nd, 2019
“'Feral' employs an incredibly complex design to convey a simplistic narrative...A more nuanced script might examine decades of austerity policy fortified by Thatcherite indifference toward anyone unwilling...to adapt to a shifting economy...Unfortunately, the highly visual but sparingly verbal f...
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May 23rd, 2019
"What is especially impressive about 'Feral' is how the original images, filled with optimism, are so quickly replaced by those of ruin...The methodology practiced at Tortoise in a Nutshell doesn't allow for nuance or even much drama...In any case, the sheer creativity of the troupe is sufficient...
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