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The Tin Soldier--Festival Theatre

“Once upon a time and far far away there were 25 tin soldiers. Brothers. Because they were all born from one single spoon. One spoon! That must have been one flipping big spoon. Enormous. Have you ever thought?”  Read more …

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company bring you an exciting retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s first ever children’s story.  The Tin Soldier is about two people who find each other in a rough tough world, although, like winter, nothing lasts forever. Written by acclaimed writer of young persons theatre Mike Kenny (The Railway Children) and featuring designs by award-winning Russian puppet designer Victor Nonenko, BOP’s new Christmas show  is a magical tale of derring do, devotion and never giving up.

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The critical consensus

Although the performance is aimed at 5-9 year olds it is a fantastic show for any age and leaves a warm and happy feeling inside, despite the Tin Soldiers end. It is the performer's love and enthusiasm that makes this as great as it is, and we should all contribute and learn from it.

****(*)Imogen Rowe, Edinburgh Guide, 10/12/2017

The Tin Soldier is never patronising and manages to put across a sad but truthful story and make it joyful. It has more heart than anything else you're likely to see this Christmas and adults will love it just as much as the kids.

****(*)Natalie O'Donoghue, Broadway World, 11/12/2017

Hans Christian Andersen's tale, re-imagined by integrated company Birds of Paradise, is strong on laughs.

****(*)Kelly Apter, The List, 12/12/2017

The result is an engaging and satisfying piece of theatre.

****(*)Paul F Cockburn, Broadway Baby, 13/12/2017

Features about The Tin Soldier--Festival Theatre

Theatre--The Tin Soldier: World Premiere

John Kennedy, The Edinburgh Reporter, 13/11/2017

Garry Robson, Birds of Paradise and The Tin Soldier

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 05/12/2017

Where and when?

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh from Thursday December 7, 2017, until Saturday December 23, 2017. More info:

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