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The Terrible Infants

April 20–22nd & 27-29th, 2023
7 p.m.
UVA Wise

Based upon a series of twisted folktales by Oliver Lansley, The Terrible Infants is a fantastic spectacle blending puppetry, live music, storytelling, and clowning into a highly sensory theatrical feast suitable for big kids and small grown-ups. The UVA Wise Theater Department’s production of the multi-award-winning play opens on campus April 20 in the Gilliam Center for the Arts Black Box Theater in conjunction with our 46th season.

Tim Burton meets Roald Dahl in this hugely theatrical, funny, sad, silly, junk-filled, puppetry-packed, dark, delicious, magical piece of performance. Audiences will meet Tumb, the boy who eats his mum; Beatrice, the girl with a bee in her bonnet; Thingummyboy, with a face even his mother forgets; Little Linena, the material girl; and of course, Manky Mingus and little Tilly with her terrible tail. The production features a seventeen-member cast and crew, with narration by UVA Wise Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Rachel Tighe.

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