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Gnome Sweet Gnome


We were commissioned by Cuddington Village to deliver a project to run alongside their 2009 fete, themed Cuddington’s Gnomes at Home. We ran theatre and storytelling workshops with 20 children and grandparents, leading to a series of ‘pop up’ performances around the village and a Gnome Home installation of the village green.

It was heart-warming to see a cast of varied ages performing so well and clearly enjoying themselves. Gnome Sweet Gnome was a highlight of the fete and was not only a celebration of the Gnomic life but also confirmed the human ability to places oneself in another skin. Peter, Cuddington resident

What a superb effort from you and your team! Everyone I’ve spoken to thought the performances were great fun and the whole installation added enormously to the atmosphere on Fete day, Rosemary, Fete Committee member

I had a lot of fun being a Gnome and wish we could do it again! Louis, aged 8

The project was a collaboration with Cecily Murray from Brink of Distinction and the Cuddington Fete Committee and was funded by Awards for All

Little Red Riding Hood


Red Riding Hood was specially commissioned by Magnetic Events as part of their night time art trail ‘Enchanted Parks’ at Saltwell Park, Gateshead in December 2008 – winner of ‘The Best Event Tyneside’ at the Journal Culture Awards 2008.

If you go down to the park today, you’re in for a big surprise. Red Riding Hood is walking through the trees, looking for her Granny; the Woodcutter is on the hunt for the suspect in her disappearance – the Wolf, who is lurking in the bushes, attempting to lure more unsuspecting pensioners into the undergrowth.

A fable of night time terror mixed with satire was played out across the frot n park lawn, up wintery tree lined pathways into the very darkest leafy corners…The thousands of families who came laughed and were spooked as the wolf attempted to lure grannies into the bushes. They all came back for more!

Robin Morely, Magnetic Arts

Director and Designer: Paschale Straiton

Puppet Makers: Pickled Image

Performers and Lighting Operators: Vicky Andrews and Dik Downey from Pickled Image and Paschale Straiton with 8 volunteers from Northumberia University

The Séance


The Séance was commissioned in 2008, by The Winchester Hat Fair and Arts Fresco, Market Harborough, supported by the Without Walls Consortium in 2009 and funded by the Arts Council of England.

Psychic medium Hazel Doe is waiting for you to step across the threshold of her mysterious reception room – a popular haunt.
When you are sitting comfortably, she will lift the veil between this world and the next and…talk to the spirits. If she’s up to it, you may even witness a rare spiritual manifestation. Beware, a ghostly finger may be pointing to you.

The Séance was a 15 minute, intimate theatre piece, set in a highly ornate and dimly lit Victorian parlour. A group of 20 entered the room, held hands in the dark and experienced a Séance at the hands of Hazel Doe – mystic to the stars and her spirit guide Colin.

This beautifully performed, eloquently structured work was definitely a highlight of City of Secrets. It brings together elements of traditional fairground, sideshow culture and contemporary performance giving them a popular appeal, which transcends the sum of its parts. Highly recommended.

Jonathan Holloway, Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Devisers: Lucy Bradridge, Flick Ferdinando, Bernadette Russell, Paschale Straiton, with support from John Paul Zaccarini and Brenda Waite

Set Design: Charlie Camm, with support from James Chaplin, David Bernstein and Graeme Gilmour

Sound Design: Mercedes Maresca

Creative Producers: Sarah Sansom and Ayla Suveren for Time Wont Wait