Sweet Venues, Brighton Fringe
Sweet Venues, Edinburgh Fringe
Old Joint Stock, Birmingham
The Spread Eagle, Croydon

Directed by Andy Cresswell
Additional puppetry direction by Matt Rudkin
Puppets designed and created by Daisy Jordan at Barely Human Puppets
Illustrations and shadow puppets by Laura Dumbrell
Produced by Mill Goble for Atomic Force Productions Ltd

A contemporary version of the Anglo-Saxon epic, combining tabletop and shadow puppetry, live music and poetry. A poet performs the tale in verse, bringing the story to life with a memorable cast of puppet characters, each with their own unique voice and style. They debate, dance and battle their way through a story about bravery, fame and humanity. Sold out at Brighton Fringe 2014.


“An excellent, modern, family-friendly tale… The Saxon storytellers would be proud” (The Argus, 2013)

“Tom Dussek’s sonorous narration sweeps us up like the rolling waves that bear Beowulf’s ship across the seas” (A Younger Theatre, 2014)

“This production is a dazzling feat of the imagination, and a reminder of the importance of using our own.” (IdeasMag, 2014)

★★★★ The Argus, 2015

★★★★ A Younger Theatre, 2014