REPERTOIRE

Productions
All are marionette shows unless otherwise stated.

1979 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Anonymous
First performed at the LONDON PUPPET FESTIVAL. Subsequently toured throughout the country and performed at the Festival of Fools. Re-staged on the Theatre Barge.

1980 Bottom's Dream - Shakespeare
Commissioned by Hackney Borough Arts Unit to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday and his association with Shoreditch. Subsequently toured to venues and festivals in UK and Germany. Toured Pakistan from Karachi to Rawalpindi giving 27 performances in 30 days in 1982.Re-staged for the Theatre Barge.

1981 The Birdman - Devised by the company
Toured throughout the country playing in venues, festivals and schools, then staged on the Theatre Barge. Performed at the London Derry Festival, Ireland, 1990, Palestine National Theatre Festival, 1992 and Pakistan International Puppet Festival, 1992.

1982 The Ancient Mariner - Coleridge
Opening production on the Theatre Barge. Toured throughout the country to venues, festivals and schools, and to Germany in 1983.

1983 The Magic Box - Devised by the company
Staged on the Theatre Barge. A play without words, produced for special needs groups.

1984 Thomas the Rhymer - Traditional
Staged on the Theatre Barge and played at the Festival of The South Bank, 'Summerscope', in 1986.

1985 The Butterfly's Spell - F. Garcia Lorca
First staged on the Theatre Barge and later performed for a special festival at the Natural History Museum.

1987 The Tempest - Shakespeare
First staged on the Theatre Barge. Performed throughout the Thames valley and at Camden Lock, London. Puppets exhibited at the National Theatre, London.

1988 The Flight of Babuscha Baboon - Harry Marshall
Staged on the Theatre Barge and has performed throughout the Thames valley and in London.

1989 The River Girl - Wendy Cope
Commissioned by Movingstage and premiered at the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts on the Theatre Barge. Subsequently enjoyed a short season in London. The text has been published by Faber and Faber.

Mr Fox, Mr Rabbit and Mr Terrapin - J. E. M. Rogers
Adapted from the original stories by Joel Chandler Harris. Toured on the Theatre Barge and performed several seasons in London.

1990 The Hare and the Tortoise and other tales from Aesop - Devised by the company
Staged for the Theatre Barge and performed throughout the Thames Valley and in London. Also performed at the Pakistan International Festival.

1991 Various projects
Puppet figures from 'Bottom's Dream' were exhibited in Italy and Austria. The company performed at the Royal Academy of Art. A rod booth show was devised and constructed for touring to small scale venues and schools. Shows made for the booth include 'Three Billy Goats Gruff', 'Aesops Tales' and 'Stories from Brer Rabbit'.

1992 A Shipful of Verse - various poets
A kaleidoscope of poetry and rhyme inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's 'A Child's Garden of Verses'. Toured on the Theatre Barge throughout the Thames Valley and in London.

1993 All He Fears - Howard Barker
Commissioned by Movingstage and premiered at the Brighton Festival the play featured specially composed music by Matthew Scott and the voice of Ian McDiarmird, subsequently touring the south west and north of England. Re-staged on the Theatre Barge for a Thames tour in 1993 and a London season in 1994. During 1993 the Theatre Barge was used as a film location on two occasions. Gren Middleton and Juliet Rogers were also featured on a television programme for ITV. Mr Rabbit Meets Brer Santa Claus J.E.M. Rogers A xmas show based on the characters created by Joel Chandler Harris.

1994 Workshops and tours
The company designed a shadow touring show and educational workshop for schools. It also undertook a British Council tour of 'All He Fears'.

1995 The Picture Stick - C Higgins
A co-production with theatre company Caught In The Act which toured to schools.

1996 Red Riding Hood & the Wolf Who Tried to Eat Her - Deborah Jones
Commissioned by Movingstage and performed on the Theatre Barge.

1997 Brer Rabbit Visits Africa - J.E.M. Rogers
A contemporary story adapted from the original stories by Joel Chandler Harris, featuring the traditional folk character of Brer Rabbit.

1998 Captain Grimey and The Three Little Pigs - Traditional
The humorous cautionary tale of 'Captain Grimey' featured alongside the popular and witty tale of 'The Three Little Pigs'. A rod puppet show designed for touring to small scale venues for children aged range 3 - 7 years.

1999 Macbeth - Shakespeare
A massive spectacle with marionettes staged on the Theatre Barge and featuring the voice of Toby Stevens in the lead role.

2000 Millennium Mischief - Glyn Edwards
Script commissioned by Movingstage. Marionettes made by Ken Barnard, grandson of 19th century marionettist Richard Barnard, and based on Punch characters. The company also produced 'City Revelations', a commissioned script by Rough Guide writer Rob Humphreys, celebrating the history of the city of London. Winners of the 'Harlequin Award for Marionette Manipulation and Presentation' for the year 2000.

2001 The Swing at Night - Howard Barker
Commissioned by Movingstage and premiered on the Theatre Barge in London. A haunting and intimate poem of forbidden love, the production featured actor Ian McDiarmid of the Almeida Theatre as the lead voice.

2002 Manfred - Byron
Marionette production with text by one of England's most famous poets, staged on the Theatre Barge and performed throughout the Thames Valley.

2003 The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse - J.E.M. Rogers
A rod puppet show premiered on the Theatre Barge in April 2003. The story tells of two cousins who visit each other, both experiencing exciting new sights and sounds. 100% sell out during the summer tour 2004.

2005 Out of the Heart of Darkness adapted from the novel by Joseph Conrad by Gren Middleton

The story of a journry up the Congo in search of the elusive Kurtz. Told with all the power of the marionette stage with beautiful lighting, backdrops and carved marionettes.

2008 Footprints in the Wilderness - Gren Middleton

This moving drama tells the story of Ian Player the man who led the team that saved the white Rhino and is responsible for showing the way forward in the rescue of the last few areas of true wilderness left on earth. His experience is also the story of the getting of wisdom. Beautiful shadow sequence set in the caves of the Drakensberg plus carved marionettes and lighting.