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    ARCHIVE: The Depraved Appetite Of Tarrare The Freak

    • 25 Jan -
      28 Jan 2017
      25 Jan - 28 Jan 2017

    After sell-out performances at Bristol Festival of Puppetry and Suspense 2015, this extravagantly grotesque puppet opera returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres.

    The history of this monster is as curious as his habits disgusting . . .

    A monstrous chamber opera for puppets based on the true story of Tarrare the Freak, an 18th century French revolutionary spy with an insatiable appetite for live cats, snakes, and the occasional amputated limb. Tarrare’s grizzly story ends on the autopsy table – a defining moment in medical history.

    Featuring over twenty puppets, a male soprano, virtuosic musicians and a thrilling original score by internationally renowned pianist and composer Tom Poster, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak tells the extraordinary true story of one man’s quest to be human in a world that sees him as a monster. Tarrare was a diagnosed polyphagist (someone with an excessive desire to eat) and from his beginnings as a sideshow freak in 18th century Paris to his service as a spy during the French Revolution, he lived a life that is as compelling as it is unbelievable.

    Macabre, witty and oddly beautiful, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak is a unique and affecting show from one of the country’s most distinctive and talented new puppetry companies.

    A Chamber Opera by Tom & Tobi Poster
    Directed by Sita Calvert-Ennals
    Story in collaboration with Hattie Naylor
    Production Design by Rebecca Wood
    Puppet Design by Wattle & Daub

    • RUNNING TIME1hr 40mins (inc. interval)
    • TICKETSFull £13 / Concession £9
    • VENUE


    Business Club Members can get 2 for 1 tickets to the performance on Wed 25 January. Book early as this offer is subject to availability. To claim please quote your company promotion code over the phone or in person at the Box Office. Please bring proof of the company you work for.

    • Array

      "A witty, eccentric and beautifully realised production that will haunt you form start to finish"

      Female Arts
    • Array


    • "A gruesome performance, well served up. Go see it, I dare you!"

      Puppet Place

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