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A Half a String Production

Aimed at everyone over 6

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Running Time:  approx 1 hour

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An extraordinary journey through a busy forest. Experience a story told from the perspective of an acorn; the hectic forest floor, thrumming underworlds, and dazzling heights of icy branches.

Discover bizarre larger than life fungi, connecting creaking tree roots, and majestic guardians watching over a delicate cycle. Join three storytellers as they lead you through an enchanting experience like no other.

Breathe explores the inner workings of trees, all beautifully realised through a combination of puppetry, detailed sets, and live camera work. Underscored through a truly unique blend of thumping Drum & Bass and live ethereal folk songs. Find the epic in the tiny in this celebration of trees, nature, and finding space in a buzzing community.

“A beautiful piece of entertainment, a multi-dimensional show…Imaginative, ingenious and visually stunning’

★★★★★ – UK Theatre Network, Aug 2019

“Ingeniously imaginative piece of storytelling…Young or old, this show tugs at the heartstrings.”

★★★★★ – Young Perspective, Aug 2017

Age guidance

Breathe is aimed at everyone over 6. From this age children can start to engage more fully with the story and themes. The puppet characters and playful scenes will appeal to the younger children, and older children and adults can also appreciate how the storytellers create the ‘film’ elements with live cameras, and the drum and bass combined with folk music. Children under 6 may not follow everything, and very young children may find the music overwhelming.

About the company

Half a String creates authentic and engaging stories that are grounded in live performance. Theatre is our springboard from which we tour shows, publish books and work with people of all ages inspiring creativity and imagination. Every project brings together a community of world-class artists who develop ideas through collaborative play and exploration, instinctively questioning and challenging to create intelligent, visual and accessible work. Puppetry, design and original live music are pivotal tools to tell our stories, creating astonishing work that champions meaningful collective experiences. Half a String invests in curiosity, creating truthful fantastical stories through growing our own joyful, empowering mythologies.           @halfastring


Story, Designer & Performer: Peter Morton
Writer: Louisa Ashton
Dramaturg & Guest Director: Emma Willatts
Performed by Emily Essery and Darcey O’Rourke
Drum and Bass: Suitman Jungle
Songwriter: Avi Simmons
Assistant Director 2023: Rori Endersby
Guest Puppetry Director: Elaine Hartley
Initial Devising Team: Nick Halliwell
AV Designer: Boyd Branch
Assistant Director 2022: Ellie Levine
Lighting Design: Jack Weir
Technical Support and Re-lighting: Thomas Blake
Costume Dyeing: Lidia Witts
Workshop Assistants: Hatty Edwards & Nick Willis
Illustration: Caleb Simmons

Breathe is supported by the Gulbenkian Arts Centre, Arts Council England, A+E Lab

Multibuy Offer on Children’s Puppet Festival events:

(exclusions apply*)

Get 10% off when you book 2 events

Get 20% off when you book 3 or more events

How it works:

Step 1

Add a show or family workshop from the Children’s Puppet Festival to your basket

Shows in the Festival can be found here

Family workshops included in the offer (Ice Screams! and Ahoy There! Puppet Pirates) can be found here

Step 2

If you add a second show or family workshop to your basket 10% discount applies to both events


Step 3

If you add a third show or family workshop to your basket 20% discount applies to all events

* Puppet Placations, other Family Workshops and Adult Workshops are excluded from this offer. Offer applies only to shows or family workshops (Ice Screams! and Ahoy There! Puppet Pirates) taking place between 1st August and 1st September only. Shows and family workshops need to be booked in the same order for the discount to apply, but if you have booked in separate orders and would like to claim the discount, please contact the box office. Please note that if you book more tickets for one show or family workshop than another, the discount only applies to the number of tickets booked on all events (e.g. if you book 3 tickets for two shows and 4 for a third show, 9 tickets are discounted 20% and the extra ticket on the one show is not discounted).

Join us at a workshop

Family Workshops - World Parrot Day

Family Workshops - World Parrot Day

Celebrate World Parrot Day (31st May) and make a beautiful parrot puppet to soar and fly through the air! Will you make yours a macaw, an african grey, a cockatoo, a parakeet or a love-bird?

For ages 4 - 8

Little Angel Studios
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The Curious Rat

The Curious Rat

A big adventure for a small city rat 

The Curious Rat tells the story of Lucien, a lonely city rat who watches the pigeons from his home under Waterloo Bridge and wishes he could join them in the sky. One day he spots the most amazing pigeon and takes his first brave steps to follow her into the lights of the big city… 

Aimed at ages 3 - 8 years

Little Angel Studios
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