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It takes puppetry to a sparkling new level.

I saw it a few years ago and it is every bit as fresh, relevant, funny and poignant as ever.

It is jaw-droppingly good in every department.

Many of the actors and puppeteers become one - it is so visually and physically skilful that you soon forget the actors are there, as the likeable puppets come out with dialogue that is at times shocking but realistic.

And when did you last see puppets having sex on stage?

But this is a show with a very big heart.

I can see why many people come and see it time and time again.

Through a cracking script and characters such as Trekkie Monster, Lucy the Slut and the rather sinister but deceptively cute Bad Idea Bears the action moves along at a fine pace for two hours 20 minutes including interval

The story concerns Princeton who is a English graduate looking for a purpose.

He can only afford an apartment in New York's Avenue Q.

... Avenue A, we discover, is the top of the range.

While trying to find the meaning of his dull life Princeton meets the feisty neighbour the Oriental Christmas Eve and he falls in love with teacher Kate Monster.

The songs by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx have such clever lyrics and infectious melodies.

The heartfelt numbers sound like a therapy session; It sucks to be me, If you were gay, Everyone's a little bit racist and The Internet is for porn.

As you can see all human life is here.

The programme notes explain the show's appeal since it was created in 2003 'inspired by The Muppets and Sesame Street: "Proving the point that audiences do not take offence at puppets, Avenue Q makes fun of blacks, Asians, Jews. gays, Indian cab drivers Scientologists and Republicans."

They have only ever had complaints from Republicans.

If you haven't seen this emotion-packed, electrifying ensemble piece you are in a for a theatrical treat.

You will leave the Floral humming the songs while thinking about the purpose of your own life as the final songs says ... at least For Now.

Five Stars.

Quality with a Capital Q

The show is at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton until this Saturday.

Tickets from the box office on 0151 666 0000.