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Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland present Little Otik     

Vanishing Point and the National Theatre of Scotland present Little Otik
This June, the highly acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland visits Sherman with a wonderfully weird tale about one couple’s desperation to start a family.

Taken from the wonderfully twisted imagination of cult Czech film-maker Jan _vankmajer, Little Otik combines dark humour and surreal horror in an unnerving tale of family love.

Little Otik is the story of a couple unable to have a baby. When, one day, when the husband is working in the garden, he digs up a tree stump and carves it into the shape of a baby. On presenting it to his wife, she begins to believe the baby is real and gradually her obsession brings the lump of wood to life. As time goes by the wooden baby – Otik - takes on a life of its own and develops a monstrous appetite, eating everyone and everything in sight – including the family cat and the postman.

Little Otik is based on a film released in 2000 by Jan Svankmajer, which itself is based on a European folktale. This is the first time the work of Jan Svankmajer has been adapted for the stage, and the production will feature an inventive set design along with animation and projection special effects.

Little Otik is a co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland and one of Scotland’s most innovative touring companies, Vanishing Point.

Since its launch in 2006, The National Theatre of Scotland has produced over 50 productions. With no building of its own, the company’s work takes place in not only theatres, but also in alternative locations such as airports, tower blocks, ferries and forests.

Little Otik is on at Sherman on 18 – 21 June 7.30pm. Tickets are £16 (Reductions £14, Under 19s £8) and can be booked from Sherman’s Box Office on 029 2064 6900 or online at
Sherman Cymru  
web site

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