Zog arrives in Bradford

Johnny Flynn is my favourite celebrity/artist/all-round-cool-dude. He’s a beautiful singer/songwriter, amazing actor and generally my “inspirational person”. So when I heard he’s written an original folk score for Zog, I knew this show was going be awesome.

The production is based on the book by Julia Donaldson, with illustrations by Axel Scheffler. It’s about a dragon who’s trying to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school. Can he defeat the knight, Sir Gadabout the Great?

The show has been adapted and directed by Mike Shepherd, with designs by Katie Sykes. It’s certainly an impressive creative team – despite a few of them coming from Kneehigh which leaves me wondering how alternative the whole thing might be. They’re known for creative puppetry, which is awesome, but sometimes go off the scale with their quirkiness.

The cast features an array of stars from the world of children’s theatre, many of them actor-puppeteers! The handcrafted puppets are designed and created by Little Angel Theatre co-founder Lyndie Wright. I love shows with puppets because it adds a beautiful and intricate new dimension to the show.

If you have kids, this is definitely a must-see. I just wish I had a niece or nephew to take along with me to see the show.

Zog arrives at St George’s Hall, Bradford, on 26 & 27 July.

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