Big Up!
Available For Touring
This show is available for touring. Please contact for bookings and information.
Coming Soon
Ages 3-6 year olds
Running Time 50 minutes
Dates February- March 2019

About the Show

No matter whether you are Big or Small, the world is full of rules. Sometimes we make our own rules, sometimes we don’t know the rules and sometimes we want to play by different rules.  

What happens when a Beatboxer, a Singer and a Puppeteer arrive on stage but nothing is ready for them?  No set, no instruments, no puppets. No rules.

Come and watch as they create a world full of joy and chaos, where objects come to life and everything is possible.

Big Up is perfect for little people who want to be Big, and Big people who … just might have forgotten how to play. 

Big Up! is a new collaboration between Theatre-Rites and 20 Stories High. A series of residencies will take place in the North and London, centred around a new family show developed through research with young adult parents, young carers and their 3 to 6 year old children from working class and culturally diverse backgrounds. The production blends Beat-boxing, Hip Hop and Puppetry and activities will include interactive family workshops, showcasing the ‘adult’ aspects through performance evenings, for example hip hop jams and taking workshops into children’s centres.

We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a Strategic Touring Grant from Arts Council England for the production. 

Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England said:

“I am really pleased that we can fund Theatre-Rites' collaboration with 20 Stories High, and its production of the In the Mix project. In the Mix will bring together beatboxing, hip hop and puppetry to offer new artistic experiences for both the young and the young at heart. As the Arts Council reaches out to audiences in new ways and through new forms of expression, projects like In the Mix are central to our mission of Great Art and Culture for Everyone.”

Clarke Edwards

Clarke Joseph Edwards is a actor/puppeteer and has been working in the industry for 4 years now following his graduation from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama . Clarke has been fortunate enough to perform in an array of exotic places; Saudi Arabia being most recent on his list.

Clarke has an improv-comedy troupe which he and a few of his friends set up and does in their spare time.

This will be Clarke's  second Theatre-rites show after previously working on Bank on it in 2013 and is very excited to be working with them again on Big up!

Dorcas Sebuyange
Iestyn Evans

Iestyn began his career puppeteering animatronic animals made by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in the West End musical, Doctor Dolittle. From there he worked as an assistant puppeteer on a children’s television programme, The Fimbles, was promoted to his own character on spin off series The Roly Mo Show, and has been working mainly in television, film, and commercials ever since. Credits include: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Muppets Most Wanted, Yonderland, The Evermoor Chronicles, 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, BBC Comedy Proms and Coldplay – Talk.

In 2005 he co-founded Talk to the Hand Puppets, In 2012, they won the Royal Television Society award for the puppets and puppetry on BBC comedy series, Mongrels. Other projects and clients including: ABC Bear (Kids TV), OtherwOrld (Hat Trick), I Can’t Sing (SYCO Entertainment), In the Night Garden Live (Rag Doll), That Pesky Rat (Soho Theatre), Lego Cinderella (Legoland Windsor).

Live performance credits include: Wondering Hands – Sex and Puppets, Glitch-The Improvised Puppet Show, Boris and Sergey: Origins and Vaudevillian Adventure (Flabbergast Theatre), Puppet Monologues (Blind Summit), and Philemon and Baucis (Little Angel Theatre).

Sue Buckmaster

Sue is the Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites and the fourth generation of theatre practitioners in her family. 

In 2018 Sue was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex in recognition of her inspiring leadership in theatre direction and puppetry.

Sue has many years of experience as a director, puppetry specialist and teacher, and has worked with a wide variety of companies including the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Young Vic, Sadler's Wells and Complicite. 

For more information about Sue's work - click here

Keith Saha

Keith Saha is a writer and Co-Artistic Director of 20 Stories High Theatre Company based in Liverpool.

Keith is working on new projects with organisations including National Theatre of Wales and Theatre-Rites and for television he is currently developing his own series LOOKED AFTER with Twelve Town Productions.  

In 2010, he was awarded The Brian Way Award for the UK’s Best New Play for Young People for his play Ghost Boy, a co-production with Contact and Birmingham Rep which championed this form. More recently his play The Broke ‘N’ Beat Collective won the young critics’ award at ON THE EDGE FESTIVAL 2016.

Verity Quinn

Verity is set and costume designer for theatre, dance and installation. She is currently the Young Victoria exhibition (Historic Royal Palaces at Kensington Palace) and Off the Grid (Half Moon Theatre).

Recent design credits include: Polstead (Eastern Angles); 3 Winters (RADA); Chocolate Cake (Polka Theatre); What Once Was Ours (Zest Theatre & Half Moon Theatre); The Borrowers (Polka Theatre); How to Win Against History Tour 2017 (Seiriol Davies & Aine Flanagan Productions); Vinegar Tom (RADA); Getting Dressed (Second Hand Dance); Baby Show, Laika, Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine; Once Upon A Christmas; The Fourth Wise Man, Seesaw, When I Think About the Universe I Laugh For No Reason and Dora (Unicorn Theatre); Dame Nature (Tim Bell & Havoc Theatre); How To Win Against History (Aine Flanagan Productions); Under the Rainbow (Polka Theatre); Holy Mackerel (Eastern Angles); Beasty Baby (Theatre-Rites & Polka Theatre); Alpha Beta (Finborough Theatre); Free (Half Moon Theatre); Blue Boy (New Writing North & Northern Stage); Apples (Company of Angels & Northern Stage); The Girls from Poppyfield Close (Live Theatre); Heartbreak Soup (The Empty Space & Laura Lindow)