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You know you’re at the quirky fringe of the fringe — where Pippi Longstocking meets Napoleon Dynamite — when you watch macabre Danish folktales told using celery stalks as puppets.

Red-haired Kitt (Ingrid Hansen, co-writer of this weirdly lovable solo drama/comedy) is a lonely Grade 6 misfit with attention-deficit disorder and troubling dreams. She’s deeply attached to her Danish grandpa, portrayed by an orange doll. There’s no dance in this show by Victoria’s SNAFU Dance Theatre, but Kitt sings charming songs and mind-melds with the audience in a wonderfully loopy dream-sharing experiment.

Hansen under-projects her voice, the 75-minute show feels over-long, and it’s never clear why Kitt is so attracted to violence. But in the best moments, this oddball heroine draws you into her celebration of children’s imaginative power.

Alison Mayes

From the Fringe program:

Prepare yourself for Kitt, a high-octane Danish girl, whose greatest delight comes from reenacting her grandfather's grisly folk tales to young neighbourhood children. Kitt fires up homemade technology to extract and reenact the audience's dreams.

Live songs, edible puppets and shadow puppetry!

 

"The kind of inventive, heartfelt and unique storytelling you normally only dream about." - Visitorium

"Haunting and hilarious." - Culture Vulture

"Very entertaining." - CBC

Winner: Vancouver Playhouse Award & Pick of the Fringe

 

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 min

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $7 for Kids (12 & under), Youth - 18 & under

 

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