Theatre (puppetry, music)

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    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


In this reimagining of the Greek myth, a beautiful mechanical puppet is doomed with the hopeless task of pushing a colossal stone up a hill. Trapped in an endless cycle, the man wrestles with his pointless existence, cursing the futility of life. Award-winning Half a String fuse transforming sets, puppetry and hand-drawn animation, all accompanied by live cello, atmospheric voices and original music. Supported by The Marlowe. Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and ACE. Previous praise: 'Breathtaking' ***** (Edinburgh Guide). 'Ingenious' ***** ( 'Stunning' **** ( 'Ingenious' **** (List). 'Sublime' **** (

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General venue access

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  • Accessible entry: Main entrance to venue beside Arthur’s Bar. Level access via locked lift at rear of building arranged by staff at entrance or Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

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Agnes Joyce Wells 29 days ago

Amazing how one can feel the pain of the puppet as he endeavoured again and again in his task. Puppetry has come a long way since Muppet the Mule! This performance incorporated some beautiful singing into the story. I loved it!

Kindall Goble 29 days ago

Boulder should have been right up our alley: multi media, puppetry and music. The guitar playing, young woman has a good voice. The puppeteers manage to make us care about their character, more or less.
However, the Lilith style music was samey and incessant. If that was the point of the presentational style, then I as a member of the audience, would rather spend my hard earned shekels on something carthartic than become a rather bored stand in for poor ol’ Sisyphus.

Julie Phillips 30 days ago

Interesting concept. 4 out of 5.

Philip Tucker-Bell 30 days ago

Caught the last EdFringe performance. Totally captivating. Thank you.

Christine Hassall 30 days ago

We thought it was absolutely magical. A wonderful breath of fresh air.

The only fly in the ointment was that we were sat about 6-10 rows back and couldn't see anything below the actors' hips, and some of it takes place on the floor. I wish so much that the set was slightly further back.

That being said, if you're looking for a show that is soothing yet compelling, with flawless, ethereal music and inventive multi-media story-telling, definitely go see it.

Kerry 31 days ago

There were 6 of us in our group and when we left we all said the same’s too long. We got the idea after the third trip up the hill. It could have done with being 15minutes shorter. Music was wonderful though.

Penny Wilson 32 days ago

Half A String does it again! Amazing production of the story of Sisyphus endlessly pushing the boulder up the mountain. Pulls no punches. Loved the elaborate set, fantastically designed puppets, and the stunningly beautiful animation/projection. Don’t miss this show. 5 STARS!!

Mags and Tricia 37 days ago

Tissues we were warned about, the rivers of tears we were not! A very unique show! Music was haunting, capturing the senses and providing the storytelling. Puppetry was exquisitely intertwined with human feelings to bring this story alive and allow us to totally connect. The use of projection added to the layers of story telling and wonder. A must see!

Wendy Moore 41 days ago

DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! Rarely has a performance brought me to tears and tugged at my heart like this. Simply incredible!!!

Elfreda Tealby-Watson 43 days ago

Ambitious mix of animation, puppetry & song but quite mesmeric. A poignant illustration of the myth’s reflections on futility & mortality, using expressive puppetry. Sadly marred by some clunky staging transitions which interrupted the narrative & detracted from the puppet. Some streamlined staging would be of benefit.

Tai Chen 45 days ago

Poignant and moving. A fantastic technical and artistic presentation by a wonderful team with complementary talents. This is a show that I find myself reflecting on over and over again...

Kathleen Noonan 46 days ago

What a wonderful piece of theatre. The puppet stole the show thanks to the skills of the puppeteers and the beautiful music and art that created such a great atmosphere.
Loved this show.
Thank you.

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 32 days ago

This new show from Half-A-String is a re-imagining of the story of Sisyphus, an ancient king who succeeds in outwitting the goddess Persephone. His punishment – to roll a boulder up a steep hill, only for enchantments to toss it back down before reaching the top. Primarily we become accustomed...

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

Half A String’s blend of Greek mythology and folk music transform a simple story into a beautiful piece of storytelling. With words not spoken but sung, Boulder tells the story of one man’s determination to succeed through the use of exquisitely-crafted puppets and animation. The aesthetic of Boulder is a...

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UK Theatre Network (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

Imaginative, ingenious and visually stunning, it not only features the ‘boulder’ and an almost life-size puppet, brought to life by Nicholas Halliwell and Louisa Ashton, but also an exquisite performance by singer/songwriter Avi Simmons, whose husband Caleb provides an animated film of Sisyphus’s journey, while classical cellist Michael Bacon adds extra depth with atmospheric accompaniment and sound effects.

Dark moments make this more suitable for adults, but there are also moments of humour, and the puppet’s life-like movements and responses will often have you smiling.

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FringeReview 43 days ago

The show begins with a visual introduction to the myth of this colossal stone by showing the audience an animated map of the boulder at the top of a hill. Soon, the protagonist appears – a man represented by a type of Kuruma ningyō puppet which clips onto one of the puppeteer’s...

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The List (3/5 stars) 44 days ago

Classical myth meets total theatre...

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