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Tinseltown review: Quirky tale with a Tim Burton touch

By Amanda Ferguson

Tinseltown is a quirky, festive feast of musical theatre magic.

The pointy-headed Tinsels of Tinseltown are busy creating Christmas for everyone when Jack, a boy from 'the real world' who doesn't believe in Santa Claus, stumbles into the outer woods and chaos ensues.

Jack's arrival in the town disrupts life for the Tinsels and the wicked witch Spirit of the Forest plots to cancel Christmas before the first snowflake falls.

Director Paul Boyd, the man behind Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory, has brought together a stellar cast for the show, including Christopher Finn, Rhiannon Chesterman, Conleth Kane, Jane Milligan and Nuala McKeever.

The former artistic director of the Lyric Theatre, Richard Croxford, plays an absolute blinder as the town mayor, commanding the audience's attention throughout, and special mention also has to go to the wonderful child actors.

There is a Tim Burton-esque feel about this dark but funny family-friendly production. It's a fun, feelgood festive tale with lots of song and dance numbers, such as Everyone Needs a Boke at Christmas and Spirit of Christmas.

Tinseltown, running until December 13, feels like a really big show in a small but perfectly- formed theatre.

Four stars

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