This community play celebrated the huge contribution that soldiers from the Punjab made during WWI. It told the story of two young rural lads, one from the Punjab the other from Shropshire, who grew a close friendship while caring for a cow in their trench.
The show was staged at Ludlow Assembly rooms. It was performed by pupils from Ludlow junior school, the youth centre and adult members of the community.
"This show brought a diverse group of people together, and truly celebrated each and every individual involved. Brilliant!" - Ludlow Assembly Rooms
O Gigante (co-production with Teatro Montemuru)
Created and devised in Portugal, this is the story of a young girl who wants to play football for her country. With the help of her community, a hive of bees and a mountain giant, she is given the impetus to make her dream come true.
With a cast of four puppeteers, this show has toured twice in venues all over Portugal and Spain. We are looking for funds to create a tour of it in the UK.
"This show has been a great success in Portugal. We have now decided to take it out once again for a second tour" - Paulo George (Teatro Montemuru)
The White Church Moon
This community play was created and devised during a two week residency at Whitchurch School, where pupils both rehearsed and made puppets for the production. The show was based on local folklore and culminated in two street shows at the Blackberry fair. It was performed by the pupils of the school and adult members of the community.
"This whole event inspired everyone involved. The Fetch has had a massive impact on our school and community." - Jenny Matthews (Sir John Talbot School)
This one woman show celebrated through puppetry the 'her-story', of Burlesque. It explored the lives of five infamous Divas who fought to celebrate their sexuality. This fabulous show was for adults only and proved to audiences that puppetry is not just for kids.
The show topped the bill at our Puppet Extravaganza Festival to rapturous applause.
"Sumptuously seductive, five amazing ladies portrayed through puppetry"- Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Working with professional Pakistani poet Muza Tirimazi , this show mixed poetry and puppetry together in order to celebrate the lives of people who live and work in a street in Lahore. The Play was set during the annual Basant kite flying festival.
The show premièred at the Ledbury Poetry Festival and went on to tour throughout the region, London and Bradford.
“My son has never been to Pakistan, thank you for creating a show that could take him there” - Mica Gallery (London)
Discovering The Ramayana
This show was inspired by an overseas research grant from ACE that enabled three members of the Fetch to see and study traditional theatrical representations of the Ramayana in India.
This work culminated in an interactive touring performance, where young people performed scenes and operated puppets along side the professional actor. The show visited schools and community centres both in the rural and urban West Midlands. Various residencies and workshops inspired by the Ramayana have also since been delivered.
"A wonderful cultural experience delivered with beautiful puppets. All involved enjoyed evey espect of the day immensely" - Stuart Currie (Worcester University)
The Grateful Crane
This highly successful one person show was based on a Japanese folk tale. The Grateful Crane was performed over sixty times, appearing at festivals, schools, community and youth centres. It also toured to ten village schools in the Punjab.
“The rural children had never seen anything like it before. At the end it was hard to stop them clapping” - Dr Mahindra Kumar (University of the Punjab)
Maze Of Minos
Based on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, this two handed show mixed puppetry, mask and shadow play to bring Greek Mythology to life for school and community venues.
"Our audience thought it was brilliant" - Wigmore Village Hall
A Right To Passage
Guided by the Midlands Traveller Educational Support Team and local Traveller groups, this magical show celebrated Traveller culture and history both locally and globally. It toured into schools, community venues and Traveller gatherings.
"Challenging, inventive with something for everyone- extremelly worth while" - West Midlands Traveller Educational Support Network)
Masque Of The Red Death
Based on an Edgar Alan Poe story, this show toured to young adults and took them into the murky world of substance abuse. With the invaluable advice of Herefordshire Substance Misuse Team, a plethora of striking puppets and staging that spun the audience like waltzer cars, this show was a massive successes and was brought back for a second tour.
"A tour de force of total theatre" - The Stage
Land Of The Five Rivers
The company's first show was co produced with Teatro Montemuru. This tri-lingual show toured both in the UK and Portugal, with British, Portuguese and Punjabi performers, and was based on the Punjabi tale of Rasalu.
"This was the most wonderful and beautiful cultural experience we have ever seen, please come back again" - Promoter (Asian resource centre woolwich)