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New look: Pinocchio as you've not seen it before
New look: Pinocchio as you've not seen it before
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WOOD you believe it!

In a very apt open air venue with plenty of trees Pinocchio - the tale of a wood carver’s puppet with a spirited quest to become a “real boy” - arrives at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens on Thursday for five performances.

Under the auspices of the returning Heartbreak Productions, the story sees Pinocchio have to prove himself brave, honest and generous, but in doing so embodies song, dance and plenty of mischief making.

Dani Carbery’s contemporary adaptation looks to avoid the sugary sentimentality of Walt Disney’s fairytale and carries to the stage a fresh, lively take on Carlo Collodi’s 19th century book, which draws it’s inspiration from the scout movement.

Director Peter Mimmack saw parallels between the Pinocchio story and that of the scout organization where good citizenship in young people is nurtured through non-formal education and an emphasis on practical activities in the outdoors - so Pinocchio’s character has been re-carved for today’s audience with a cast of five male actors.

“We recommend you come with family, friends and a mouth-watering picnic ...woggles optional,” says the company.

The two-hour show is staged on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings with an additional 2pm matinee on Saturday.