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Meet Fred, the prejudice-fighting puppet

Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016, Hijinx (Cardiff) in association with Blind Summit (London) are bringing Meet Fred to The Civic on Thursday 4 May.

Meet Fred is a snapshot into the life of a potty-mouthed puppet with a feisty personality who fights prejudice every day.  It also carries a warning of strong language and puppet nudity!

Fred is a two foot tall cloth puppet who just wants to be part of the real world: get a job, meet a girl and settle down. But when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control.

Meet Fred takes a timely look at what it is to be disadvantaged in today’s society.  Following an outsider who tries to make his mark in a world in which he needs a lot of help, the show shines a light on how tasks like going on a date or finding a job present a myriad of problems.

“The humour here is brilliantly black with mordant social and political relevance” – The Herald.

Hijinx are one of the UK’s leading inclusive theatre companies. From their base in Cardiff, they create shows with casts that always include actors with and without learning disabilities, and tour them across the UK and Europe.

Blind Summit are one of the UK’s leading contemporary puppetry innovators. Their shows, The Table and Citizen Puppet, have enjoyed huge success in recent years, both at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on extensive national and international tours.

In an incisive and highly comical way, Meet Fred exposes the ridiculous situations some of the most vulnerable in our society encounter when their support is taken from them, exploding the myth that “we are all in this together”.

  •  Meet Fred is at The Civic on Thursday 4 May at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price, £10 concessions and £8 student.

For more information and to book visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.

 

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