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Making inspiring theatre for bold adventurers!
"Outstanding children's theatre." - ★★★★★ Audience member on The Enormous Turnip
2018-02-26T10:05:09+00:00
"Outstanding children's theatre." - ★★★★★ Audience member on The Enormous Turnip
"Wow wow wow! These productions are amazing! So funny, clever, totally entertaining" ★★★★★ Audience member on The Emperor's New Clothes
2018-02-26T10:10:17+00:00
"Wow wow wow! These productions are amazing! So funny, clever, totally entertaining" ★★★★★ Audience member on The Emperor's New Clothes
"Can’t wait to see other performances. Sorry to say you're stuck with us now!!" ★★★★★ Audience member on The Gingerbread Man
2018-02-26T10:11:54+00:00
"Can’t wait to see other performances. Sorry to say you're stuck with us now!!" ★★★★★ Audience member on The Gingerbread Man
"They've done it again - a simple tale, enchantingly told." - The Stage
2018-02-26T10:09:02+00:00
"They've done it again - a simple tale, enchantingly told." - The Stage
"One of the most delightful ways to while away 50 minutes" The Stage on 3 Little Pigs
2018-02-26T10:11:30+00:00
"One of the most delightful ways to while away 50 minutes" The Stage on 3 Little Pigs
"Huge smiles all round, we haven’t stopped talking about it since!" ★★★★★ Audience member on The Gingerbread Man
2018-02-26T10:10:03+00:00
"Huge smiles all round, we haven’t stopped talking about it since!" ★★★★★ Audience member on The Gingerbread Man
"Enchants the child in every adult" The Stage on 3 Little Pigs
2018-02-26T10:11:41+00:00
"Enchants the child in every adult" The Stage on 3 Little Pigs
"Stuff and Nonsense make the world a better place." - Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch, Doctor Who)
2018-02-26T10:00:30+00:00
"Stuff and Nonsense make the world a better place." - Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch, Doctor Who)
"A perfect introduction to theatre… absorbing and accessible" Plymouth Herald
2018-02-26T10:10:40+00:00
"A perfect introduction to theatre… absorbing and accessible" Plymouth Herald
"A fabulous production, so cleverly put together!" ★★★★★ Audience member on The Gingerbread Man
2018-02-26T10:09:48+00:00
"A fabulous production, so cleverly put together!" ★★★★★ Audience member on The Gingerbread Man
"A must see for the whole family" - ★★★★★ Audience member on The Emperor's New Clothes
2018-02-26T10:09:23+00:00
"A must see for the whole family" - ★★★★★ Audience member on The Emperor's New Clothes
"Puppetry, live music and good old-fashioned charm are sprouting up left, right and centre" The Stage on The Enormous Turnip
2018-02-26T10:11:09+00:00
"Puppetry, live music and good old-fashioned charm are sprouting up left, right and centre" The Stage on The Enormous Turnip

Stuff and Nonsense is a spirited production company making inspiring theatre for bold adventurers.

Led by Artistic Director Niki McCretton, we work with children, families, artists and theatres across the globe to make memorable and rewarding shows. Together we share the power of great imagination.

We are passionate about children’s creativity and we place it at the heart of what we do. We work with incredible artists to make outstanding theatre that excites children and enables adults to become seriously playful.

Founded in 2000, Stuff and Nonsense has since been at the forefront of family theatre, leading the way in energetic, thought-provoking and playfully mischievous productions, full of fantastic puppetry and physical action.

With several original productions in our repertoire, our contemporary take on well-known tales including The Enormous Turnip, The Elves and The Shoemaker, 3 Little Pigs and The Emperor’s New Clothes has enabled us to become one of the UK’s most popular and highly regarded family theatre companies.

We have performed to over 228,000 people nationwide since 2010 with return visits to many venues including Theatre Royal Plymouth, New Wolsey Theatre, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil and many others. We are very popular at Christmas and often present several productions across the UK at once!

Based at the beautiful Lyric Theatre in Bridport, Stuff and Nonsense is an @HOME Artist at The Point Eastleigh.

The Elves and The Shoemaker. Toby Gascoigne (the Shoemaker) with Wimble and Norris. Image by Robert Day
The Elves and The Shoemaker. Toby Gascoigne (the Shoemaker) with Wimble and Norris. Image by Robert Day
The Gingerbread Man - photograph by Mark Morreau
The Gingerbread Man - photograph by Mark Morreau

“The qualities of play, production and storytelling coalesce into something very exciting. A packed house of young people were treated to a skilful, generous and imaginative journey.”
Amit Lahev, Artistic Director Gecko Theatre on The Emperor’s New Clothes

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