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Byline: Karen Price

Preview: Professor Bumm's Story Machine Venues in Wales

FOLLOWING a West End debut and a second sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Professor Bumm's Story Machine is back out on tour.

And this week he will be entertaining children at three venues in Wales.

This time round, the show's bosses are promising new and improved stories and even more audience participation.

The show is described as Whose Line is it Anyway? meets Tiswas thanks to its unique blend of mayhem that continues to delight children - and the grown ups too.

Every performance is different. Each one is created by Professor Bumm and Doctor Whee based on audience suggestions.

One stage critic said, "Andrew Jones and Ciaran Murtagh (the creators) work so hard and play the audience so skilfully that you soon find yourself grinning as inanely as the kids."

Bumm and Whee encourage the audience to come up with strange suggestions for the Story Machine.

In theory, this technological marvel will use them to create fantastic stories out of thin air. In practice, it goes catastrophically wrong forcing Bumm and Whee to bluff their way through this, their gala launch. Mayhem, mirth and mess are guaranteed as two eggheads race to avoid getting egg on their faces.

Andrew Jones and Ciaran Murtagh are masters of improvisation and they can be guaranteed to make children - and adults - laugh.

In 2000, the men formed The Black Sheep company after early collaborations at the Central School of Speech and Drama and later in sketch company Ubersausage.

Their work has included sketch shows The Black Sheep Show, Luxury Assortment and Year of the Sheep, improvised shows Fairly Tales, Story Pimp and Liberty Hall!, biblical sit-com Holy Days at the Soho Theatre.

They are also still touring The Joy of Wine and are currently at work on their adaptation of King Lear.

You can find out more about the company by visiting the website at

Professor Bumm's Story Machine is not suitable for children under six years of age.

Professor Bumm's Story Machine will be at Beaufort Theatre, Ebbw Vale - tomorrow (2.30pm); The Welfare, Ystradgynlais - Thursday (2pm) and Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd - Friday (2.30pm).

By Karen Price
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:May 29, 2007
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