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Puppet State Theatre present JRR Tolkien’s 'Leaf by Niggle'

Arnside Educational Institute, Church Hill, Arnside LA5 0DF
Puppet State Theatre
Arnside Highlights

Arnside Highlights at Arnside Educational Institute invites audiences to an enchanting stage adaptation of a short story by one of the 20thCentury’s best-selling authors, JRR Tolkien.

Niggle is a painter. Not a very successful one, partly because he has so many other things to do. For some time, he has been obsessed with one particular canvas – a curious picture of a tree with a vast landscape stretching out behind it. The painting keeps getting bigger and bigger, but Niggle has a journey to make. He doesn’t want to go, but he cannot get out of it…

In 1939 Tolkien was despairing of ever bringing his great work The Lord of the Rings to a conclusion. One morning he woke up with Leaf by Niggle complete in his mind and wrote it down.

Leaf by Niggle is lesser known and quite different from many of Tolkien’s other works in that it contains no magic, wizards, elves or dragons. Instead, ssurrounded by ladders, bicycles and heirlooms, Richard Medrington (Jean from The Man Who Planted Trees) brings Tolkien’s miniature masterpiece to life using intimate storytelling, object animation and a wonderful soundtrack by Karine Polwart and Michael John McCarthy.

Leaf by Niggle is directed by writer and storyteller, Andy Cannon – who was Creative Director Performance of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony – and is aimed at a broad family audience.

“enchanting one man show’ **** The Guardian

“exquisite … so beautifully told … completely seductive” **** Scotsman.

Tickets: adult £8, child £4

Bookings: 01524 762254 (Sue Hayward), or online at >

Suitability: adult/ family audience 12+