Much Ado About Puffin


Open Attic Company’s Much Ado About Puffin; a funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss over nothing.


Coming to New Model Theatre’s Outpost at 1pm on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October 2016. 

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The title for Much Ado About Puffin came first. Dean (Designer & Technician) came up with the name for the show many years ago and decided he’d love to make the show one day, despite not really knowing what the show would be. Dean and Adam (Director) found themselves working together for a long period of time on the Green Ginger show Outpost and became good friends and admirers of each other’s work. The show took them to the Lofoten Islands in Norway, which gave them both a great insight into what remote living is like. Dean discovered an article about a man who studied the weather and lived on his own on an island. The article was accompanied by some amazing photos of the man and his solitary life. The idea of the puffin being a creature that started visiting this remotely situated human became the basis for the show. We looked at how the pair might interact and how a friendship could be forged. Our ambitions were to tell this story using memorable visuals and musical storytelling, without relying heavily on spoken language.

This is our first family show. For us, the absolute joy of making theatre for families is that you get to explore ideas that work for both young audiences and their older counterparts. We hope to give everyone an experience that they can talk about afterwards in the same excited way. It’s a delight to tell stories that are emotive and cerebral without relying on words and complications of plot. We endeavour to present a genuine adventure, full of warmth that’s accessible to everyone. The main challenge for us came in our approach to the classic and the familiar. The best stories will always be retold; it’s fun to re-visit them but always tricky to find ways of telling them in a new style.

Open Attic Company are a collective of artists who would like to make things together or make things with others or maybe just make things by ourselves, but with some nice support. Based in Bristol, Open Attic was formed during the making of “Birth & Death & Here & Now” and is made up of the following members:

Performer / Adam Blake

Director, performer, writer / Adam Fuller

Designer, Maker, Technician / Dean Sudron

Designer, performer, artist, maker / Debbie Hard

Producer / Vic Hole

Photos by Adam Laity

Much Ado About Puffin will be performed at Royal William Yard as part of New Model Theatre’s Outpost, at 1pm on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October 2016.