" Powerful….and very clever!" British theatre Guide

" Brilliant original music" British theatre Guide

"The Makeshift Ensemble cleverly crafts beautiful music, bold physical theatre, outstanding puppetry and original spoken word together to create an imaginative and thought-provoking play" ****Exposed Magazine

"Thoroughly enjoyable. A story told beautifully and respectfully" Lauren Townsend, Programmer, Sheffield crucible studio


An absorbing and highly visual exploration of Memory and 'Unmemory' supported by Arts Council England

The MakeShift Ensemble present ‘Sofa’ - An exploration of memory, place and the worlds we create around us. Performed by two actors and a puppet.

Starting from the home, the sofa is where we make new worlds as children and seek solace as adults—using this central object the piece examines how experience changes our reflections on memories.The sofa becomes the stage on which we view the growth of our characters and their memories of a loved one living with dementia, and the changing perspectives they bring to those memories.

The MakeShift Ensemble with their distinct and compelling style, aim to discover the effects of memory and 'unmemory' on family relationships . Inspired by real life events and experiences the piece will tell the stories with humour and pathos, that sometimes go untold.

With an original score by Laurence Aldridge , the show includes puppetry, object manipulation and the most versatile sofa in the world!

“The best show I have seen. Very emotional.”      “Touching, thoughtful and very well performed.”

“Incredibly powerful and a real tearjerker too!”     “Inspirational staging with very clever physical theatre. A very powerful play with a thought provoking message!”

“I saw a brilliant show at the Shoebox Theatre last night. Sofa was a fascinating evocation of memory and meaning. Thank you for bringing us this memorable piece. It created a whole world with two performers, props and effective sound scape. The puppetry was awesome.”

“I was so wowed and inspired by this incredibly clever piece of theatre! I cried, I laughed and thoroughly enjoyed the powerful rollercoaster I was taken on! Amazing, thank you!”

“Thank you for talking about dementia in such a thoughtful way.

"discover the differences in the shared memories we hold, the power of objects (and soft furnishings) to reawaken those memories and the rediscovery of the power of play and playfullness...."

Spring 2019 Tour

  • 20th February - Chelmsford Civic Theatre

  • 21st February - Camberley Theatre, Surrey

  • 22nd - Electric Theatre, Guildford

  • 1st March - The Arc Theatre, Trowbridge

  • 6th March - The Plough Arts Centre, Devon

Spring 2018 (preview Tour)

  • 3rd April - Crucible Studio, Sheffield Theatres

  • 4th April - Winchester Discovery Centre

  • 5th April -  Lighthouse, Poole

  • 6th April - The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

  • 7th April - The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

  • 27th april - new barn theatre, milton abbey

  • 4/5th May - The mercury theatre, colchester

  •  12th May - Shoebox Theatre, Swindon

Read the Puppet Place interview on MakeShift and 'Sofa' here