Current Production The Tale of the Cockatrice

Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory a hideous creature awakens. A deadly cockatrice is born!

Bold knights flee in terror… Can a humble nun defeat the beast?

Award-Winning Mumblecrust Theatre present two muddle-headed storytellers, an obscure British legend, breathtaking puppetry and spine-tingling live music in this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old.


The Tale of the Cockatrice is based on a legend from British Folklore. Combining myth and history, two muddle-headed storytellers use puppetry, object theatre and live original music in this sophisticated piece of theatre for all ages.



Work on The Tale of the Cockatrice began in 2016, culminating in a 45 minute performance at Dartington Hall’s Midsummer Dreams Festival in July. After this initial performance, the team began work on extending the show to an hour-long production - adding songs, new puppets and characters and reworking the script - in an R&D period at The Lyric Theatre in Bridport, with the support of Niki McCretton (Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company). The R&D ended with a Scratch Performance of the extended show for an audience of children and adults, whose feedback was invaluable in creating a polished production ready for Brighton Fringe 2017.


“We are very proud to have supported the progression of this important work and I would highly recommend this new and exciting company” - Niki McCretton ««««« The Voice «««« Broadway Baby

We meet two inter-dimensional storytellers, trapped in an empty void of forgetfulness, desperately in search of an audience. They recount the legend of an evil creature, set in the village of Wherwell. We hear of the village’s struggles, the lives lost and the heroes slain.



"a genuine work of art" The Voice "I loved every minute" Fringe Review "clever puppetry and engaging storytelling" Fringe Guru

Award-Winning Mumblecrust Theatre create smart, innovative theatre for families and young people. Combining storytelling and live music; puppetry and object theatre; history and fiction, Mumblecrust invent and reinvent the weird and wonderful, drawing on well-known stories and legends.

About Us

Throughout 2018 we will be touring the UK - reaching many new venues and communities along the way and visiting some old favourites - as well as starting work on our brand new production.


Tour Dates

After an award-winning tour in 2017, we are embarking on a National Tour in 2018


Creative Team

Co-Artistic Directors Katie Underhay and Anthony Burbridge work alongside a number of talented freelancers to create original, compelling theatre for all ages. After the success of The Tale of the Cockatrice, plans for a brand new production are underway, continuing the theme of storytelling, puppetry and music.



Katie is an actor, puppeteer and designer. Since graduating from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she has toured the UK in children’s theatre, created bespoke puppets and taught puppetry to all ages. Her other work includes touring with Stuff and Nonsense in the Three Little Pigs, performing in Theatre in Education, and costuming puppets for Three Half Pints and Broken Puppet Theatre Company.


Anthony is a performer, composer and director. His work includes appearing as Davey in Civic Player’s acclaimed rural outreach production Jerusalem, performing as actor/musician in Kickline’s Merlin’s Apprentice, and composing soundtracks for Perceptive Creation’s short films Murder Plot and Walking Shadow.


The pair have collaborated on a number of other projects, including: satirical music video Tawdry Child, Pinecone Penguin’s King Kong the Musical, puppeteering the Mermaid in Luc Mollinger’s creature feature short The Mermaid of Mevagissey and co-directing (and creating puppets for) new musical Heartwood.



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