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Nicole Alivojvodic Review The Little Dickens On Now At The Cultch Until December 24th

10 Dec

LittleDickensBack again this holiday season is The Cultch exclusive hit Little Dickens. Award winning puppeteer Ronnie Burkett brings the classic tale of A Christmas Carol to life with the quirky and beloved characters of the Daisy Theatre. Before you assume that this is a show for kids, be warned that it most certainly is not! Little Dickens is a raucous, adults-only holiday treat, combining a mastery of marionette puppetry, playful songs, and improvisation. The far from traditional characters mixed in with raunchy commentary and audience participation make for a unique and riotous night at the theatre.

The story follows faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, in the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge as she encounters Dickens’ familiar characters (with a twist) on her journey to redemption. Burkett wonderfully captures the different voices of dozens of characters in this one-man show and earned a standing ovation on opening night! This showbiz version of the Dickens classic is performed exclusively for Cultch audiences so make sure you see it while it’s on.

Little Dickens is on now until December 24th. Get your tickets at The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer Nicole Alivojvodic

Ronnie Burkett Returns To The Cultch December 5th With The Little Dickens

7 Nov

LittleDickensThe ever popular Ronnie Burkett brings the Daisy Theatre back to The Cultch for his production The Little Dickens December 5 to 22, 2017. If you don’t know about the Daisy Theatre, you are missing a laugh your ass off good time. This is an adult puppet show performed By Ronnie Burkett.  If you think you might not be interested in seeing puppets, think again. The Daisy Theatre is unlike anything you have ever seen. Ronnie Burkett, puppeteer provocateur and his company of over 40 marionettes, will not only entertain you, but will be sure to have you riding a wave of emotion as he brings his puppets to life. The energy he brings to his puppetry is rather awe inspiring and how he seamlessly transitions between all the characters. In his new production The Little Dickens, the cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, in the merriest marionette mash-up ever. Faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, bitter Esmé Scrooge, in this Burkett-esque retelling of the Dickens classic. As always with an improvised Daisy show, there is no set script, and in the journey of Esmé Scrooge toward redemption, she encounters all the Daisy favourites portraying Dickens’ familiar characters. In keeping with the vaudeville show theme of The Daisy Theatre, popular Christmas songs will feature in a burlesque opening and sultry jazz solos.  Ronnie Burkett brings a sharp wit to his characters when he needs to, but he can be as soft as kitten when playing the character Schnitzel who usually begins and finishes his show. Each performance is different, daring and ridiculous.  The Georgia Straight has previously called it “one of the best shows you’ll ever see”.  Tickets start at $22 and are available online at The Cultch.  Note, due to the mature content this is a 19+ show.

What people are saying about Ronnie Burkett:

“Ronnie Burkett’s creations are remarkable feats of both manipulation and imagination” — The Guardian (UK)

 “One of the geniuses of the world…seeing his troupe every few years has just become a necessity of civilized theatre going”
— The Village Voice (NY)

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