Fox and Rabbit's Idiot's guide to the owl and the pussycat


'Magical!'                 'Fabulous production'                   'A rare treat for all ages'

Join the wayward Reynard. H. Fox and his reluctant sidekick Rabbit as they meander their inelegant way around the world of the Owl and the Pussycat in their beautiful pea-green……boat?

Dodge the jellyfish in the deep blue sea, climb the giant bong-tree to meet the spirit who dwells within and journey with them to find the allusive and mythical shilling.

Aided by a rockabilly hog (Elvis Pigsley), a Compass Fish and a somewhat melodramatic turkey – can Fox and Rabbit get the Owl and Pussycat to the hill on time to finally tie the knot?

The MakeShift Ensemble bring a sense of adventure and humour to this wonderful retelling of Edward Lear’s classic nonsense poem, brought to life with puppetry and live music . Bring your imaginations and your runcible spoons and be entertained whatever your age

"Myself and my wee girl have just been to see you both at Cheltenham Everyman this afternoon, telling the story of The Owl and the Pussycat. It was one of the best young theatre productions we've seen. We were blown away by the creative and imaginative sets along with the witty banter, singing and the genius use of the loop pedal. Looking forward to seeing you again in 'Sofa'. In fact I'm tempted to go and see you again when you perform in Ledbury in a few days time!" - Audience member, The Everyman, Cheltenham

"I just wanted to let you know you were the highlight of my daughter's weekend....thankyou!" Elderflower Fields Festival 2017

Promo for The MakeShift Ensemble's take on Edward Lear's nonsense poem. Catch it until Autumn 2017... Dates and more info at

"The Owl & the Pussycat is a lively & engaging show for families and early years, featuring puppetry, live music and ingenious set transformations" Tony Lidington, Artistic Director - Promenade Promotions

" A quality, witty family production full of beautiful images and magic" Wendy Van Der Plank, Artistic Director - The Beehive, Honiton

This production proudly supports The Bee Cause on behalf of Friends of the Earth

2016 Dates - (Click on venue to go to website)

6-7th August - Dartmoor Folk festival

19 - 21 August - Beautiful Days, Escot Park, Devon

25th August - The Beehive, Honiton, Devon

24 October -Earlswood Hall, Monmouthshire, S. Wales

26th October - The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Dorset

27th October - The Princess Theatre, Burnham on Sea, Somerset

2017 Dates

18 February - The Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, Dorset

24th February - The Stage Door, Southampton

25th February - The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, Hampshire

15th March - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

19th March - The Market Theatre, Ledbury

12th April - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

22nd April - The Regal Theatre, Minehead, Somerset

2oth May - The Pound, Corsham

26th - 29th May - Elderflower fields Festival, East sussex

10th June - The Courtyard, Hereford 

13th- 16th July - Latitude Festival, Suffolk

23rd July -  The Boatshed Festival of Performance (The Bikeshed Theatre) Exeter

27th-30th July - Camp Bestival, Dorset

2nd August - The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

"If, like me, you enjoy a good story, puppets, singing, live music, word play as well as a  smattering of silliness then 'Fox and Rabbits idiot's guide to The Owl and the Pussycat' is a must see. 

The ingenious use of set and props, and physical theatre techniques; the dynamic and high energy performances, and some rather clever vocal work ensure things move at a good pace which in turn draws both the young and old alike into this enchanting tale which is accessible on many levels. For some, this is quite possibly their first encounter with 'The Owl and the Pussycat' and for others a welcomed revisit through new eyes - either way it works wonderfully.

Laurence and Jackie, aka Fox and Rabbit, are both splendid actors/storytellers who clearly enjoy their craft and it is this enthusiasm and energy along with their good humour and down to earth attitude that make them, and the work of The Makeshift Ensemble, exciting, fresh and totally engaging. 

I hope to see a lot more of Fox and Rabbit and can't wait to see what's next on the cards."

Rob Pudner - Expressive Arts Practitioner/Theatre Director

A little documentary on the development of Fox and Rabbit's Idiot's guide to The Owl and The Pussycat For more info on this and upcoming productions please visit:



 " intimate and spellbinding experience for all ages"

" intimate and spellbinding experience for all ages"


A captivating twist on an original tale’

Play by Jacqueline Avery
Music by Joe Butcher

A war-torn soldier and an obstinate princess – aided by three unearthly dogs, a strange and wizened woman with a magic tinderbox – discover the unbreakable bonds of true love.

This new play gives a classic Hans Christian Andersen tale an illuminating Jurassic Coast twist, and AsOne AsCend ensemble add heart and soul dusted with humour.

‘tinderbox’ is an audio-visual treat to thrill all the family. Powerful physical storytelling; puppetry; shadow play and animated imagery – accompanied by live, original music and song – combine to create a spell-binding experience whatever your age.

AsOne AsCend ensemble is putting the magic back into family theatre.


Friday 16 October 7.00pmThe Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset 01305 266926

Wednesday 21 October–Burton Bradstock C of E Primary School Students only

Thursday 22 October–St Michaels Primary School, Lyme Regis Students only

Friday 23 October–Symondsbury C of E Primary School Students only

Saturday 24 October 2.30pmThe Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, Hants 023 9273 7370

Wednesday 28 October 2.30pmThe Regal Theatre, Minehead, Somerset 01643 706430

Thursday 29 October 7.30pmThe Princess Theatre, Burnham on Sea, Somerset 01278 793099

Friday 30 October 7.30 pm The Mowlem Theatre, Swanage, Dorset 01929 422239

Wednesday 04 November 7.00pm The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, Somerset 01823 274 608

Friday 06 November 7.30pm Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth, Devon 01395 576798

Saturday 07 November 7.30pm Athenaeum Centre, Warminster, Wilts 01985 213891

Thursday 12 November 7.30pm Greenford Primary School, Maiden Newton, Dorset Students only

Friday 13 November 7.30pmPavilion Theatre, Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset 01305 783225

Saturday 14 November 2.30/7.30pm The Rondo Theatre, Bath 01225 444003

Friday 20 Novembertbc Hanger Farm, Totton, Southampton 023 8066 7274

Friday 4 December 7.30pm Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, Dorset 01202 413 600

Saturday 5 December 2.30/7.30pm Shelley Theatre, Boscombe, Dorset 01202 413 600




Toured autumn 2013

Imagine you had to choose just one memory to take into eternity, and that you would re-live that treasured memory afresh, experiencing it as for the first time over and over and over. That is what four characters are urgedto do by a mysterious other – to a count of ‘100’! This singular decision turns out to be far more difficult than any can imagine. It challenges the way each have lived, loved, observed, and even valued life itself; there are implications none would have guessed. What memory would you choose?

An imaginative, energetic approach to story-telling and a huge heart that will leave the audience buzzing with images, thoughts and questions. Written by Diene Petterle, Neil Monaghan and Christopher Heimann ‘100’ is an Edinburgh First winning production – realised anew by AsCend in collaboration with acclaimed director Peter John Cooper.

Directed by Jacqueline Avery and Peter John Cooper

Music by Simon Swarbrick      

Animation by Thomas Hughes