Introducing Bardolph’s Box

Name: Bardolph

Age: I forget…

Favourite things: Being cheeky. Having fun. Meeting new people. Helping others.

Join me on my roller-coaster ride through Shakespeare’s stories.

Everyone needs a helping hand at times and I’m just the boy for the job!

Who will we meet? Where will we go? Can you get my pals out of a pickle?

One thing’s for sure, we’ll have a whole lot of fun along the way!

Our first production is Bardolph’s Box, an introduction to Shakespeare’s stories for 8-12 year olds and their families, a small-scale production intended for venues such as libraries, school halls and studio theatres.

Supported by a grant from Arts Council England, we initially co-produced the show with Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

The production was co-devised by Anna Buckland, Stuart Crowther, Harvey Robinson, Kayleigh Hawkins and Nicola Pollard. We started with a number of Shakespeare’s plays and utilised two Research and Development weeks to select which of the Bard’s creations we wanted to explore. Characters were chosen and their scenes edited and gently adapted. Through a combination of practical exploration and text editing we collected a number of scenes, linked together with our own narrative. Some of this material was tested with two primary schools, which was invaluable. After writing a few additional scenes, we had a script ready to take into rehearsal.

For an insight into our creative process, click here.

Bardolph and his pals had a very successful tour in spring 2016. See below for production shots.

This September and October he is on the road again – find out more here.


Thank you to Robin Kingsland for our original illustration of cheeky chappy Bardolph!

Bardolph’s Gallery

Our pal Brian Roberts joined us at Neston Library, Cheshire, to take some shots of us in performance. These are some of our favourites!

Click on a photo for a larger view.