The only Clementine you need to know this November is The Living Fashion Doll
Review by Sara Darling
Miss Piggy might be in the prime of her life at (aherm), 40 something, but the newest puppet Queen on the block has come to ruffle her feathers! Slightly younger (although it’s rude to mention how much) Clementine the Living Fashion Doll, is 15 inches of pure fabulousness and Hollywood glamour of the old school variety.
Part Joan Rivers, part Barbie, she is blonde and beautiful, with a face that vaguely resembles Samantha from Sex and the City, but actually belongs to creator Mark Mander, who takes on the role of Clementine the sassiest fashion doll you are ever likely to meet!
If you happen to find yourself if Piccadilly on a dark and dismal night, you could do worse than head to Crazy Coqs in the stunning art deco building which houses the Zedel Brasserie, to see her in action. The ideal setting for a camp puppet show, the cabaret style seating and stage means no one is safe from her acerbic asides!
Having never witnesses a singing, dancing puppet before (or any kind of puppet come to think of it) I didn’t know quite what to expect! My distant memories of Sesame Street did not set me up for what I was about to experience, as the Clementine show was very much for adults only! Bursting with camp innuendo, gratuitous topless beefcake, and gags that only a puppet could make, you will be squirming in your seat!
As well as as the star, there were larger than life characters- Betty Barfly, Ricky the Rooster and Yvette the Usher, which the team of two visible puppeteers - Ruth Calkin and Mark Esaias sync perfectly!
Bringing the concept of a puppet show right up the 21st century, the concept of mixing film with the stage show is genius, so the audience finds out more about Clementine’s private life in flashbacks- complete with singalongs obviously!
If you’re looking to get in the mood for the party season, this 70 minute show is a must. Take your friends, partner or mum for a truly bonding experience, and be prepared for the Sound of Music!
Next show is on November 15th. Book your tickets here
Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED
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