Posted By MatthewWoodford
Posted on: January 6, 2016

Posted in: Past Projects

Tags: edinburgh fringe, International Youth Arts Festival, jellyfish, mental health, mini vault, pleasance courtyard, vault 2016, vault festival

Past project: Jellyfish

“A magical and important play”

A Younger Theatre, February 2016


The story of a family and a jellyfish.

Young Tom lives next to a lighthouse with his mother and father. After a difficult year, it soon becomes clear that they’re sharing their home with a stranger: a gigantic glowing jellyfish. Can the family learn to live with the animal in their attic?

Originally composed music, puppetry and visual storytelling blend to tell a personal and adventurous story of the sea, parenthood and mental health.

Based on an original story created by the company.

Directed by Matthew Woodford
Devised and performed by
Nathan Allenby, Megan Burke, Tom Flecther & Alexander Luttley.
Puppetry and set design by Smoking Apples
Music and sound design by Finn Anderson
Lighting design by Sarah Readman
Conceived by Matthew Woodford & Sean Hollands
Additional material devised by Jack Dorning, James Newton and Nicholas Halliwell.

About the production

Jellyfish was developed as a collaboration between international artists, puppetry experts, dramatherapy practitioners and children. 

Children worked with professional artists to develop their responses to the theme of the production, using a number of theatre-making and performance techniques. These responses informed a devising process with professional performers and puppeteers.

Performances are complimented by optional pre-show workshops which will explore the themes of

the production through a creative process. Children (7-11 years olds) explore communication and cooperation games related to the production using expressive arts. Young people (11-18 years old) create their own puppets – then puppeteer them to devise their own stories. This can include a
‘meet a greet’ session with the jellyfish.

Additional resources
Intrepid Ensemble has designed an extensive Creative Engagement Pack for schools to plan up to a term of work in the classroom, inspired by the themes and experience of seeing the production. It contains fun and stimulating activities covering key curriculum areas and detailed lesson plans. 

Supported using funding from o2 Think Big.