The Elves and the Shoemakers make their way to The Atkinson

The Elves and the Shoemakers make their way to The Atkinson

Following  from the huge success of The Enormous Turnip in June, the inescapably eccentric Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company return with an up-to-date, size 13 ½ retelling of everyone’s favourite story The Elves and the Shoemaker on Saturday 7 September  at The Atkinson, Southport.

Sat in his kitchen workshop, Sam Lacey makes terrible shoes and tries to sell them online. They are so bad that no-one really wants them, not even his neighbour (who thinks he should give up and get a real job!). Then one night, two tiny visitors climb in through the window and start cutting and stitching and gluing… and Sam’s life is never quite the same again!

The show features very mischievous and loveable elf puppets, created and directed by puppet maestro Marc Parrett who has worked with Bristol Old Vic, Aardman Animations and The RSC. Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company has teamed up with leading early-years performance expert Niki McCretton to create an enormously entertaining show featuring music, comedy, ingenious puppets and amazing dancing shoes.


“A wonderful gem that will appeal to children and adults alike” –The Bournemouth Echo


“They’ve done it again delivering a simple tale, enchantingly told… Director Niki McCretton

ensures the production bowls along at a sufficiently cracking pace to keep the audience enthralled throughout this accessible and hugely entertaining show.” The Stage


The show is commissioned by Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts and The Brewhouse

Theatre & Arts Centre with additional support coming from Salisbury Playhouse. Stuff and

Nonsense is an associate company of Salisbury Playhouse, Marc Parrett and Niki McCrettonare affiliated artists to the Merlin Theatre, Frome and Niki McCretton is Resident Artist at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts.

See The Elves and the Shoemaker at The Atkinson, Southport on Saturday 7 September at 2pm. Tickets are £7.50 adults / £5.50 children and available online at , by calling The Atkinson box office on 01704 533333 and over the counter.

The Elves and the Shoemaker is just one of the events as part in the 3 for 2 children’s theatre offer (on selected children’s events) running throughout the autumn season. Buy tickets to 3 children’s events and get a 3rd for free! Please note: Ticket must be bought at the same time and the offer is only valid for selected events including: Luna, Treasure Island, Yummm!, Scrooge- A Christmas Carol, I’ve Seen Santa, The Lost Present and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

The Big Imaginations Children’s Festival begins on Saturday 19 October and runs until Sunday 3 November (but centres around the October half term). Come in and join in the fun with free author events, workshops, films, children’s theatre and much more. For more information, please visit


Posted on 5 September 2013 under General news

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