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VenueTraverse Theatre
From30th November 2019
Opened3rd December 2019
To21st December 2019
When19:30. Dec 13 Mat 14:30. Dec 21 Mat 14:00
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Strange Tales

When wind and snow fill the sky and the fire has grown cold, relight the coals, warm the wine and turn up the wick of the lamp. We enter these tales in the shadows of night, but hopefully emerge into daylight. Filled with intrigue, mysticism, magic, sensuality, and a dash of terror, Strange Tales will draw you into a world full of mischievous fox spirits, yearning ghosts and enchanted swords where anything and everything is possible. But be warned - unless you come to these tales with an open mind and brave heart, you may never be able to escape them... This thrilling immersive production uses puppetry, movement and cutting-edge digital technology to thrust you right into the pages of the tales themselves.
Author Pu Songling (Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio)
Adapted by Pauline Lockhart
Adapted by Ben Harrison

Archive :: production:T0886258210, play:S01939121039, venue:V605

Production details

World Premiere. Written in China centuries ago, Pu Songling's Strange Tales are now adapted for stage by the acclaimed immersive theatre company Grid Iron in co-production with the Traverse Theatre. Performed in English Traverse 1

User Reviews

Gordon Nicol (30Nov19): This play was truly fabulous ! It really was so much more than I expected. This was actually an early Christmas present to me from my brother and we went along together and, from what he told me about the play and then the (initially) very sparse looking stage, made me think that it wasn't going to be too much of anything, Boy, was I ever wrong ! What a talented threesome ! …........and the rest of the crew behind the scenes keeping us on our toes with so many visual and audio effects which deserved a huge round of applause on their own merit. I haven't seen a play that had so much in it. So many different layers and different levels. It was actually bewitching and spellbinding and delightful and.......................well, everything you would want a play to be....... but very few actually are .............even close. The actors were each brilliant and compelling. The “smoke and mirrors” were superb. The little “snot” things coming out of his nose and changing into lizard type creatures. How did they do that ? The mesmerising mobile “puppet train” which was lit up and bobbing across the stage. I could go on and on. There were just so many layers to this (at first) seemingly quite innocuous play which turned out to be (quite quickly actually) a massive success. The actors should have come back for a second bow as the audience were quite delighted and I'm sure that many, like myself, wanted to give them a standing ovation but, for whatever reason, we couldn't stand. Maybe the ghosts were still hovering. Really fantastic night's entertainment.


Company Grid Iron
Company Traverse Theatre Company

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