Beasty Baby puppet hangs off the leg of a performer who is kicking his leg out and has his arm around the neck of another performer. The puppeteer manipulating Beasty Baby is crouched down behind them.

Beasty Baby

Originally a Theatre-Rites and Polka Theatre co-production, premiering in 2015.

Deep in the forest, in a wintry land, lives a gorgeously grizzly Beasty Baby. Mayhem and laughter await around every corner as three people embark on a wild adventure to bring up this very mischievous and totally loveable child.  Using an inspired mix of puppetry and live music, Theatre-Rites creates a funny and magical shared experience for the whole family, to warm up those cold winter days.

Beasty Baby was originally a co-production with Polka Theatre where it was presented in 2015. Since then the show has had Christmas runs at Lakeside Arts Nottingham, Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol, Unity Theatre Liverpool, and wider UK touring.

Beasty Baby was one of Lyn Gardner’s (The Guardian) top 10 theatre shows of 2015.


Creative Team

Sue Buckmaster

Director and Puppet Designer

A genuinely shared experience for the whole family.
Star rating: 4 stars
The Guardian
An imaginative bundle of joy
Star rating: 5 stars
The Stage
Not every play for three-to-six year olds is sophisticated enough to speak to adults too… It’s a hushed, unostentatious show, with never a dull moment: it unfolds raptuously
Star rating: 4 stars
The Sunday Times

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