the king of tiny things

by jeanne willis and gwen millward, adapted by poppy burton-morgan


July - November 2015

show details

Udderbelly Festival, London

Sat 11 – Mon 13 July

Sherman Cymru, Cardiff

Sat 25 July

Camp Bestival, Dorset

Sat 1 August

Roots and Wings festival, Hull

Wed 5 August

The Lowry, Salford

Thurs 6 August

Malvern Theatres, Worcestershire

Sat 10 October

ARC Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees

Sat 17 October

Greenwich Theatre, London

Mon 26 October

Leeds Carriageworks, Leeds

Tues 27 October

Cast Theatre, Doncaster

Wed 28 October

Bristol Circus Festival

Thurs 29 & Fri 30 October


11752520_903052486400754_1598706131905406226_nOne magical midsummer’s night two sisters huddle together, fearful of what the darkness holds, when a mysterious winged creature appears and leads them on a moonlit adventure. Together they rescue cabbage juggling slugs, contortionist caterpillars, and a trio of acrobatic baby bats. But while the girls are busy being brave they overlook their winged friend, the King of Tiny Things, who needs their help most of all. Can they save him in time…
Starring four of the world’s most exciting circus artists Metta Theatre bring the award-winning author Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward’s enchanting story spectacularly to life with circus, puppetry and song. With puppetry design by Yvonne Stone (National Theatre, Tall Stories) and music by Jon Nicholls (Shared Experience, National Theatre). Fun for all the family (age guidance 5+).


11752424_903052286400774_4864401329931362431_nA note on age guidance – there is something in this show for all ages and although we advise 5+ babies and toddlers will be admitted and welcome, along with older children and adults. There are some more complex and challenging themes around death and change, with a high level of physical skill to entertain adults and older children. If you have any concerns about the suitability of the show for your family please contact

Supported by Arts Council England, the National Centre for Circus Arts, Stratford Circus, Bristol Circus Festival & Polka Theatre




‘There’s plenty to charm here’ The Guardian, Lyn Gardner

‘beautiful…gorgeously handled…talented ensemble…Yvonne Stone’s puppets are a delight…free-wheeling inventiveness…effortlessly charming’ Exeunt, Stewart Pringle

‘a gentle, graceful performance…exciting’ ★★★★ Theatre Bubble, Verity Healey

‘excellent juggling and superb balancing…a colourful delight’ West End Wilma, Ed Nightingale

‘delightful…a testament to the power of imagination…enchanting show for the whole family to enjoy’ London Theatre 1, Stephanie Caiger-Watson


Adaptor & Director | Poppy Burton-Morgan
Set & Lighting Designer | William Reynolds
Composer & Sound Designer | Jon Nicholls
Costume Designer | Kate Lane
Puppetry Designer | Yvonne Stone


Summer Tour 2015

Jeanne/Worm/Baby Bat | Rosamond Martin
Chrissie/Daddy-long-legs/Baby Bat | Madeleine McGowan
The King of Tiny Things/Caterpillar/Baby Bat | Ludo Helin
The King of Tiny Things/Slug | Elise Briccolani

R&D 2014

Jeanne/Worm/Baby Bat | Rosie Rowlands
Chrissie/Daddy-long-legs/Baby Bat | Katie Hardwick
The King of Tiny Things/Caterpillar/Baby Bat | Ludo Helin
The King of Tiny Things/Slug | Jon Udry