This spin off from the popular CBeebies show Sarah and Duck walks a fine line between being appropriately gentle and just plain dull.
Sarah and her aquatic friend – life-size two-hander puppets alternating with tiny stick puppets on Laura McEwen’s colourful set – want to stage a circus birthday party for their friend the Scarf Lady (played by an actor inside a much larger puppet). So they spend the first half rehearsing it and the second half performing it for her. The structure is hardly original and there’s a lot of clumsy fumbling by the four performers ….
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