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Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another

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Saskatoon’s Theatre Howl follows up its intriguing original drama Matchstick with a speechless tale about how farm boy Aiden Flynn reacts to the death of his beloved kid brother.

With a nod to Mary Shelley, Morgan Murray and Nathan Howe fashion a compelling backwoods Frankenstein story, using shadow puppetry, black-and-white projections and a fabric flip chart to indicate time and place. There is something of the mad inventor in the grieving Aiden as he painstakingly assembles a creature with a chicken for a brain, rope for intestines and a lit candle for a heart. His crude power source is a hand pedal that, when propelled fast enough, jolts the makeshift body to life with a loud wheeze.

Aiden Flynn is also finely stitched together by beguiling, offbeat humour, an inventive, low-tech style of presentation and resonant performances by Murray as Aiden and Danielle Spilchen as his patchwork creation. Theatre Howl makes it easy to slip into this beautifully rendered world and immerse yourself in its old-school innocence.

— Kevin Prokosh (Show reviewed during fringe festivals in Montreal and Ottawa last month.)

From the Fringe program:

Director: Nathan Howe

Cast: Morgan Murray, Danielle Spilchen

Aiden Flynn's family is falling apart so he creates a brother to bring them back together.

A Frankenstein's monster story told through movement, music and shadow puppets.

From the company that created MATCHSTICK (Outstanding Original Work - Ottawa Fringe 2013; ***** - CBC Manitoba, VUE Weekly Edmonton).

Audience Classification: General

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Students, Kids (12 & under)

Warnings: None

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