“ Goofus Theatre…absorbing physicality, fantasy, comedy, shadow play and puppetry, well worth investing in” - The Public Reviews
“Celebrating all that is surreal and silly…we are moved, touched and disturbed” XXXX - Manchester Evening News
Goofus started in 2012 with a bizarre cabaret performance with singers, musicians, actors and acrobats at the Triple A club in Kensington London called ‘The Dark Side Of Lucy’.
Our first official funded tour in 2013/14 was of a physical clowning piece ‘Taking Charlie’ about the real life abduction of Charlie Chaplin in 1978 by two car mechanics, it was later published by Samuel French. We became Associate Artists at the Harrogate Theatre at this time.
We’ve always used puppets in various guises, masks , clowning and physicality to tell our stories. Our first full shadow puppet piece called ‘Gold tree, Silver Tree’ was performed for young family festival audiences in 2015. Next was another clowning piece “Dumbheads” set in the Dark ages about two soldiers returning a head to the Tower of London and then becoming the heads themselves!
Our piece ‘Under Different Skies’(2019) used puppetry, live music, mask and physical storytelling to create fantastical folktales that were performed (with grant aid) free to anyone. The production was our first collaboration with producers Filament Projects.
In December 2020 we officially became a Community Interest Company and during the ongoing pandemic, we managed to present “Ikura and The Mud Giant” an eco tale set in Japan which played to hundreds of school children and staff in our town. Our next project “When Wolves Could Speak” (2021) is a collection of four tales, told with shadow and table top puppetry, mask, music and text that we will present to anyone who wants us even during covid.
We continue to tour these stories, recent regular venues have included the CAFT Charity in Cheshire, various schools, the Still Curious Puppet Festival in Gorran Haven Cornwall and The Welcome Cafe in our home town working with the food bank and providing workshops and performances. We were recently commissioned by The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rossendale Lancashire for a new interactive xmas piece called “A Handful Of Snow”. In 2022/23 we continue to tour and make new work, building relationships with venues and reaching new audiences.
None of the above productions would have been possible without funding from the National Lottery Arts Council Grants and our partner venues and organisations.