Ahead of their show in October half term, we caught up with Craig from Squashbox Theatre to find out more about their show Shivers and Shadows. For Halloween, bring your little devils aged 6+ along to enjoy spooky comedy and puppetry – perfect for getting you into the seasonal spirit (see what we did there).
Mon 26 October, 11.30am & 2.30pm – book tickets
Tell us a little more about Squashbox…
Squashbox Theatre is basically… me! My name is Craig Johnson and I am an actor, puppeteer and musician living in Penzance, Cornwall. All my Squashbox shows are full of puppets, comedy, storytelling and music, and I create, write and perform them by myself. I like to make shows that are funny, friendly, silly, surprising, inspiring, unusual, informative and a little bit mischievous!
We’re so excited to welcome your first ever Halloween show this half term. What made you decide to venture into the dark side and create a show for Halloween?
I love Halloween! So I have been wanting make a Halloween show for ages. I wanted the show to be full of silliness and fun, but also a bit scary, so it’s been quite tricky getting that balance right. We’ve all seen spooky films and cartoons, and I wanted to include all those things we are familiar with (like monsters, vampires, zombies and witches) but present them in an unexpected, funny and quirky way.
We love the look of your characterful puppets, do you have a favourite to perform with and who’s the biggest diva amongst them?
I make my puppets myself, and I love them all. Some of my favourites are in this show, like Pumpkin Pete the talking pumpkin, and Frankie the friendly monster. One of my most treasured puppets is Ruan the Seagull (from The Sea Show), but he is certainly a bit of a diva. If he doesn’t get his way he tends to peck my nose!
Where is your favourite place that you’ve performed at?
I live in west Cornwall, so my home theatre is The Minack, which is an open-air theatre literally on the edge of a cliff. I have been performing there every summer for the past ten years, in sunshine and rain and I love it. It’s the onlt theatre in Britain where you can see dolphins during a performance!
What can the super brave 6+ year old and their scaredy-cat grown-ups expect to experience at Shivers and Shadows?
You can expect an overflowing cauldron of a show, brimming with delightful frights and hilarious horrors, bubbling with ingenious puppetry and comedy, seasoned with scary stories and tall tales – plus a liberal sprinkling of slapstick and silliness. The show is full of fun, but be warned it is also a bit scary! There will be creepy characters and a spooky atmosphere – plus a few surprises that might make you jump!
Shivers and Shadows, by Squashbox Theatre performs live in our Great Hall on Mon 26 October at 11.30am & 2.30pm – book tickets. This live event is socially distanced. For more information on what that means and the changes to your experience click here.