Squashbox / Sea Show, Skillywidden & Universrama!

Squashbox Theatre

5 separate family shows. Suitable for indoor and outdoor performances. Theatre, arts centre, festivals and rural touring. Walkabout performances and shadow puppet workshops also available.

BRAND NEW SHOW!!!

Tales from the Trees

Tales from the Trees is a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology. Let Squashbox Theatre be your guide to the tremendous world of Trees!

Say hello to the friendly Forest Ranger, our resident outdoor expert; meet the mysterious old Wizard of the Woods, a friend to all the forest creatures; gaze at the beautiful Dryad, mystical spirit of the trees; encounter crazy characters, woodland wonders, and fantastic flora and fauna. Learn how to identify different trees, discover the wonder of photosynthesis, gasp at deadly carnivorous plants and watch flowers growing before your very eyes. Listen! The trees have tales to tell.

(5+ and their families. 50 mins, no interval)

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmassness

(A show all about sausages. Not really, it's about Christmas) - touring November & December 2016 & 2017

Knock Knock? Who's There? IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!

Squashbox Theatre's new show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, stockings and sleigh bells to cookies, crackers, presents and puddings!

Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, hear the tale of the first Christmas Tree, play hunt the brussel sprout and endure the world's worst Christmas jumper.

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmassness is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, storytelling and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts, all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

(5+ and their families. 60 mins, no interval)

Also available are the companies’ classic productions:

CURIOUS CREATURES!

Welcome to the ‘Curious Creatures’ wildlife park, established by Jeremiah Johnson: world-renowned explorer, zoologist and animal collector. Nobody knows more about animals than him.

Unfortunately, Jeremiah Johnson is currently lost somewhere in the jungles of Africa, so he has handed the running of the park over to his inexperienced nephew Craig… and things don’t quite go as planned.

(5+ and their families. 50 mins, no interval)

STONES & BONES

is a marvellous mix of history and mystery!

Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two…

(5+ and their families. 50 mins, no interval)

THE SEA SHOW

is a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret. Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards.

(5+ and their families. 50 mins, no interval)

‘Craig is a consummate actor of rare skills. Totally at ease with his audience, adult and child alike, he combines an innate understanding and joy in storytelling with fantastic comic and musical skill.’
Mike Shepherd, Founder and Artistic Director, Kneehigh Theatre
‘Craig’s success lies in the fact that he talks to, rather than at, his young audience, and he does it all with a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious... An engaging entertainer to be treasured.’
Frank Ruhrmund, ‘The Cornishman’
‘Squashbox Theatre has been performing here at the Minack since 2009 and now plays to over 700 people per performance during our peak summer season. Craig is a true professional, he copes with everything that the Cornish weather can throw at him and rises to the occasion no matter whether he has 50 or 750 people in the audience! His shows delight audiences of all ages, but are particularly fantastic at introducing younger children to live theatre.’
Zoe Curnow, Artistic Director, The Minack Theatre
‘Family favourites Squashbox Theatre are hilarious, delightful, musical and educational (but not in a patronising to the younger audiences kind of way) and we book them at The Spring at every available opportunity’.
Sophie Fullerlove, Director, The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant
‘Craig delivers exactly what he promises. A highly engaging and skilled performer and puppeteer with a generous personality, he has a delightful sense of humour and comic timing. He clearly understands, likes and respects his young audience, which is evident in his easy rapport that is just great. Insightfully appealing for children, and adults alike, his approach, material and delivery is refreshingly knowing, charmingly silly and significantly, in no way patronising … whatsoever.’
Jo Belloli
Freelance Children’s Theatre Programmer, Watermans, London
Associate Producer & Early Years Theatre Programmer, Polka Theatre, London

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