Deep in the vaults of an ancient Priory a hideous creature awakens... Brave knights flee in terror! Can a humble nun defeat the beast? Two muddle-headed storytellers use breathtaking puppets, boisterous and beautiful live music and general tom-foolery in this funny, dark and winding fable for monster-lovers of all ages.



Mumblecrust Theatre is based in the South West of England. We create original theatre and work in partnership with Peafrog Puppetry, who design and make puppets for theatre and film as well as running interactive workshops for all ages. Click here to find out about Peafrog Puppetry.


The name 'Mumblecrust' comes from a medieval English insult and is the name of a character from a play written in around 1552. We stumbled across this fantastic word when researching for 'The Tale of the Cockatrice', and it means 'Toothless Beggar'!



'The Tale of the Cockatrice'  is a piece of new writing created and developed by Mumblecrust Theatre. It is a family-orientated show, suitable for ages 6+, perfect for 9-11 year olds!

It is based on a little-known legend from British Folklore. In our retelling, a young nun, Sister Mary-Ann, discovers a deadly Cockatrice - a monster who can kill any living creature with its deadly stare! We hear of the town’s struggles, the lives lost and the heroes slain.


Designed to be a lo-fi, light-weight production, suitable for a variety of unusual spaces, it is set to tour in 2017-18.


Mumblecrust Theatre will be taking 'The Tale of the Cockatrice' around the UK throughout 2017-18. Keep checking this page to see when new dates are added, and hopefully the show will be coming to a theatre near you soon!


Our fantastic 5 day 'Fringe Debut' in Brighton at the Warren was a fantastic success! Not only did the production gain 5 and 4 star reviews and great reception from the family audiences, we also won 2 Brighton Fringe Awards:

Best Newcomer (awarded by Voice Magazine) and Best of Brighton Fringe: Children and Families Award (awarded by the International Youth Arts Festival)

26th July 2017 - 7:30pm

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff


Join us in Cardiff for our Edinburgh Fringe Preview.

Tickets available here

5th - 13th, 15th - 16th August 2017 - 10:30am


We're very excited to be performing at Venue 13 at this year's Edinburgh Fringe! We will be there for all three weeks of the festival.


Tickets available here


We are also performing our first ever Relaxed Performance of the show at the Edinburgh Fringe which is a subject close to our hearts! Find out more here

In November 2016, we went to Bridport, Dorset, to try out some brand new material in a scratch performance as part of our residency at The Lyric Theatre. We performed an extended version of the original show with a Post-Show Q&A with Katie and Anthony where we picked the audiences' brains and told them all about the process of creating this piece.


Find out more here

'The Tale of the Cockatrice' had its world première at

Midsummer Dreams Festival in Dartington, Devon in July 2016.

As a South West based company, we were so pleased to be a part of this brand new festival.


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Production  photos from Brighton Fringe - Photo Credit: Eleanor Kelly


The production is devised, composed, designed and performed by Katie Underhay and Anthony Burbridge.

Katie is regularly to be seen touring the country as Actress, Singer and Puppeteer. In 2014 she created Peafrog Puppetry to stage her flagship production, ‘Murder at Monishing Manor’ - a genre-defining comic puppet-murder-mystery-musical!


She teamed up with composer, actor and director Anthony to create Mumblecrust Theatre, after their initial collaboration in Anthony’s spontaneous and satirical music video, Tawdry Child - which included a singing taxidermy leopard and a tiny string-puppet of Justin Bieber!


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If you would like more details on our tour dates, information about bringing 'The Tale of the Cockatrice' to your venue or festival or to find out about Mumblecrust Theatre or Peafrog Puppetry,

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