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Shocking twisted tales

PUBLISHED: 17:33 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 17:28 16 August 2010

A SHOW that was so terrible it attracted the attention of Dame Judi Dench is to bring its sinister tales to Greenwich Theatre.

A SHOW that was so terrible it attracted the attention of Dame Judi Dench is to bring its sinister tales to Greenwich Theatre.

The Terrible Infants is a collection of delightfully dark tales told using a mix of puppetry, music and physical theatre.

The company Les Enfants Terribles so impressed Dame Judi with their tales, described as "Roald Dahl meets Tim Burton", that she agreed to narrate one for their current tour.

The tales, written Oliver Lansley and Sam Wyer, include Tumb, the boy who eats his mum; Thingummyboy, who has a face that even his mum forgets; manky Mingus and Tilly and her terrible tail.

Far from being 'morality tales', these are stories that are sad, scary, funny and shocking - and kids and adults alike will love it.

The five-strong cast, with harlequin-painted faces, bring them to life with ease with a slick performance that they obviously enjoy as much as the audience.

And the music, played live on stage throughout, accompanying the rhythmic charm of the tales sucks you in completely to their horrid little world.

The Terrible Infants is at Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill tonight, May 22, at 7.30pm. Box office on 020 8858 7755.

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