Fidget Theatre

“Delightful from start to finish… a celebration of the imagination” (The Hinkley Times).

Fidget Theatre is a new company specialising in playful, work for family audiences, led by co-Artistic Directors Ruth Cooper and Andrea Heaton. Both are highly experienced creators of work for and with children and young people, including successful projects for Theatre Hullabaloo, Tell Tale Hearts and Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah. Their shows are made for people who Fidget!

Their first major production was “Molly’s Marvellous Moustache” (2016). An adaptation of Andrea’s original storybook, it enjoyed an extensive national tour, including an extended run at TakeOff Festival and a residency at Harrogate Theatre. It gained exceptional audience and professional feedback.

“I really enjoyed it and I think other children would too” – Noah, age 6

As a result of being impressed by the tour, The Civic, Barnsley commissioned “Jack Frost” (2018), featuring a community cast, live music and joyful audience participation. The show toured to four venues in 2018 and 2019.

“This most magical production is utterly enchanting” – Sheffield Star

Their next show, “Bird’s Nest Billy” (2019), was called “a great example of how to engage and hold an early years audience” (Emma Forster ACE). It used playful puppetry and carefully crafted audience participation and toured nationally.

Across Fidget’s work, they involve children in the creative process through workshops; outreach to schools and libraries; and the development of innovative digital resources.

“Thank you for supporting us with such an amazing quality project and for such amazing quality workshops.” (Teacher, Carr Manor Primary).

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“Enchanting, magical & truly wondrous.”

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