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MOVING HANDS THEATRE COMPANY & BIRMINGHAM REP
The Ugly Eagle combines dance, theatre, animation and puppetry. On a bright playground set, the company present an enchanting retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling, given extra spice by the addition of the Ghanaian tale Fly, Eagle, Fly! Larry the duckling is ostracised by the other ducks. He can’t even get a place in the synchronised swimming team. Sitting in the park, he stares miserably at the pond until he is interrupted by Umhlwethu, a beautiful African eagle who has been blown off course in a storm. To cheer Larry up, Umhlwethu tells him the tale of his own unhappy childhood. Actors and a dancer from the UK and South Africa come together with puppets and projections to make this a magical visual feast for all.