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Previous Shows

2023

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How to Catch a Book Witch

Created with accessibility at its core this show included key word signing, captions and integrated audio description.  The show was funded by The Arts Council England and Feast Cornwall with support from AMATA at Falmouth university.  One of 5 shows that came out of our 2021 R&D series this show offered career and skills development to members of our team to diversify their practice, including our Company Stage Manager taking on puppetry making and engaging emerging stage managers. 

 

Kira loves reading, visiting the library for a new book is her favourite thing. One day the words in the books start to disappear and the adults start to get grumpy. Graham Grey says the library will be knocked down to make way for a car park! We her new friend the book worm, Kira has to uncover why words are vanishing and where these book monsters have come from! Could there be a Book Witch in the library?

 

An open hearted show aimed at children aged 3+. Exploring the importance of libraries, sharing stories and not judging people. The show features live music, puppetry and storytelling. 

Written by Sara Hooppell

Collaboratively created with the cast by Sara Hooppell and Jasmine Cole 

Cast:

Narrator  / Musician / Key Word Signing - Hannah Platts

Kira - Connie Crosby

Dad, Darren the Librarian, Book Monsters, Customers - Michael Tonkin-Jones

Geraldine the Librarian, Book Witch, Graham Grey, Customers - Izzy Wilkinson

Producer -  Jasmine Cole

Stage Manager - Daisy Newburne Munn 

Assistant Stage Manager - Tia Townsend

Animation & illustration - Holly Summerson

Puppets design & make - Demelza Monk

Puppetry support - Chris Pirie & Tori Cannell 

Key Word Signing - Rebecca Hulbert

Photography & Videography - Neal Megaw

Marketing design - Keith Sparrow

2022-2023

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Science Adventures: Deep Sea

Funded by Arts Council England, Feast Cornwall and Cultivator Cornwall this was our third science themed storytelling show for primary aged children 5+. Offering talent development with a series of emerging artists workshops alongside the production and skills development for the team. 

We will be heading to the bottom of the sea with Coppice Theatre for an exciting aquatic adventure! Join Professor Flotsam and Dr Wright in their brand new submarine as they look for the strangest creatures in the deep, learn about looking after the oceans and read some of their favourite sea stories!

 

This fantastical show explores the importance of protecting our coast and oceans through puppetry, animation and storytelling whilst fostering a love of science and literature. 

Written by Michael Tonkin-Jones 

Stories by Izzy Wilkinson, Demelza Monk & Hannah Platts

Directed by Jamie Trotter

Assistant Directed by Izzy Wilkinson

Directors Assistant - Lottie Sopher 

Cast:

Professor Flotsam - Zoe Waters / George Bradley

Dr Wright - Berry Cruse / Emily Bruce / Hannah Platts

Understudies - Hannah Platts, Sohpia Deer & Tom Hayle

Producer -  Jasmine Cole

Stage Manager - Demelza Monk

Animation & illustration - Holly Summerson

Puppets Design & Make - Sandra Goodenough, Michelle Wilkinson

Set Design & Make - Sandra Goodenough, Michelle Wilkinson

Puppetry training  - Chris Pirie 

Photography & Videography - Neal Megaw

Marketing Design - Keith Sparrow

2022

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Finding Father Christmas at The Cathedral 2!

We returned to Truro Cathedral with our unique walkabout storytelling and grotto experience for families. Father Christmas is hiding in his grotto somewhere in the Cathedral and the elves need help to find him. 

The event was been made possible thanks to funding from Truro BID and the kind support of Truro Cathedral who have agreed to host Father Christmas.

Written and Directed by Connie Crosby

Cast:

Jim - Tom Hayle

Cat - Emily Harrison

Bells - Berry Cruise

Mouse - Zoe Waters

Jingle - Lottie Sopher

Father Chirstmas - Gary Cordingley

Elves - Holly, Jasmine, Olivia and Michael from St Austell College

Producer -  Jasmine Cole

Stage Manager - Demelza Monk

Assistant Stage Manager - Tia Townsend

Technician - Micheal Tonkin-Jones

Crew - Hazel Cooke, Eggy Ray

Photography & Videography - Neal Megaw

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Science Adventures: The Power Pickle

2021 - 2022

Our team are in a right pickle! Professor McGuffin’s ground-breaking Sub-Nuclear Optical Transmitter (S.N.O.T.) has stopped working, and it’s jeopardising the whole mission! Now it’s our job to find a way to power it! Join our intrepid scientists on an adventure like no other... Prepare to travel to the deepest depths, and soar to the highest heights! This fantastical show will explore science with fun and accessible adventure stories.

Written by Minnie Wilkinson 

Stories by Keith Sparrow, Nina Hills, Hannah Platts & Sara Hooppell

Directed by Connie Crosby

Cast:

Wright - Zoe Waters

Professor Von Brandt - Jamie Trotter

Dr Poole - Izzy Wilkinson 

Dr Aries - Aidan Nightingale 
 

Associate Director - Michael Tonkin-Jones

Producer -  Jasmine Cole

Assistant Producer - Holly Lovelock 

Stage Manager - Demelza Monk

Technician - Hazel Cooke

Photography & Videography - Neal Megaw

Marketing Design - Keith Sparrow

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Tales from a Haunted Bookshop

2019 & 2022-2023

Funded by Arts Council England this spooky show was created for slightly older audiences of 8+. A collection of new stories written and developed by the company accompanied by puppetry, innovative lighting, and beautifully crafted animation. The show toured Cornwall in October 2019 and was set to tour nationally in 2020. After being kept on the shelf through lockdown the show is heading to Ed Fringe 2022 with Gilded Balloon. 

Devised by the company with stories by Keith Sparrow, Minnie Wilkinson, Jasmine Cole & Micheal Tonkin-Jones 

Directed by Michael Tonkin-Jones

Cast:
Miss Cordelia Hemlock - Connie Crosby / Izzy Wilkinson 
Ransom Squelch - Keith Sparrow / Michael Tonkin-Jones

Assistant Director - Minnie Wilkinson
Producer - Jasmine Cole

Stage Manager - Demelza Monk

Crew - Hazel Cooke

Photography & Videography - Neal Megaw

Marketing Design - Keith Sparrow

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Jack Frost 5: Lost in Time 

2021

Our 6th Winter show, this time with the theme of time travel! Jack Frost got himself lost and we needed some help to find him! Four new stories were written by the company and the show was made to be performed both indoors and outdoor promenade. 

Young performers from St Austell Launch course where cast in supporting roles, given them a fantastic opportunity to gain skills in live performance. 

Kindly funded by FEAST Cornwall and Truro BID the show toured to Cornwall in Dec 2022

Written by Jasmine Cole
Stories by Catherine Siddall, Hannah Platts, Michael Tonkin-Jones & Keith Sparrow 
Directed by Michael Tonkin-Jones

Cast:
Jack Frost - Keith Sparrow
The Snow Queen - Nina Hills
Constable Celia Elf - Catrin Walker-Booth
Constable Celia Elf (understudy) - Cat Boote
Elves - Lottie Sopher, Tash Humphreys, Jasmine Squires 
Postman - Meg Lewsey

Producer - Jasmine Cole 
Stage Manager - Demelza Monk
Assistant Stage Manager - Tia Townsend 
Crew - Helen Blight, Maya Clarke, Karen Pirie

Music by Jupiter Creatives

Poster Illustration - Keith Sparrow
Photography & Videography - Neal Megaw

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Finding Father Christmas at The Cathedral

2021

A walk-about Father Christmas experience inside Truro Cathedral, incorporating storytelling, singing and a grotto. Children helped our cat and mouse find Father Christmas and received a gift from him!


This show was kindly funded by Truro BID.

Written by Jasmine Cole

Stories by Catrin Walker-Booth & Kate Stebbing-Allen

Directed by Connie Crosby

Cast:

Cat - Kate Stebbing-Allen

Mouse - Zoe Waters

Father Christmas - John McNeil & Gary Cordingley 

Elves - Phoebe Thomas, Meg Lewsey, Jasmine Squires, Lottie Sopher, Tash Humphreys

Producer - Jasmine Cole

Stage Manager - Demelza Monk

Assistant Stage Manager - Tia Townsend

Photography & Videography - Neal Megaw

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Jack's Frosty Stories 4: Adventures Around The World

2020

Funded by Arts Council England and TruroBID the fourth edition of our JACK FROST winter show. Exclusive to Truro the show was a predominantly outdoor promenade storytelling adventure for audiences aged 5+. A collection of new stories written and developed by the company accompanied by puppetry and music. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the show was created for small socially distanced audiences.

Written by Minnie Wilkinson 
Stories by Minnie Wilkinson, Keith Sparrow, Jowan Jacobs, Hannah Platts
& Sara Hooppell
Directed by Connie Crosby & Michael Tonkin-Jones

Cast:
Tinsel the Elf - Rose Middleton
Jingle the Elf - Connie Crosby, Jowan Jacobs & Jamie Trotter 
Mittens the Elf - Adam Trembath
The Snow Queen - Nina Hills
Sparky the Elf - Maya Clarke
Kara - Zoe Waters
Cookie the Elf - Aidan Nightingale
Ginger the Elf - Helen Blight
Jack Frost - Keith Sparrow

Producer - Jasmine Cole
Stage Manager - Demelza Monk
Crew - Hazel Cooke & Izzy Wilkinson

Puppetry Director - Mae Voogd

Set Design & Build - Michael Tonkin-Jones
Props - Demelza Monk & Julie Jones

Photography & Videography - Neal Megaw

Marketing Design - Keith Sparrow

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Jack Frost's Story-time

2020 

A selection of stories from our festive shows over the years, told by Jack Frost and The Snow Queen. This show was performed as a satellite element to coincide with Jack's Frosty Stories 3, and performed across Cornwall. 

Written by the company

Cast:
Jack Frost - Keith Sparrow 
The Snow Queen - Nina Hills 


Producer - Jasmine Cole 
Music - Jupiter Creatives

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Coppice In Lockdown

2020

While the Coppice team are stuck in their various homes during Lockdown we are still finding ways to be creative.


We have recorded a series of stories from our shows, each read by a different member of the team. 

Head to our Youtube Channel to listen!  

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Jack's Frosty Stories 3

2019

Funded by Arts Council England the third iteration of our winter storytelling show featured new tales and characters, specially commissioned animation and music, singing and live projection. We worked with Four2Three Projections and Jupiter Creatives to further develop the staged version and Truro BID to take the promenade show outside for the first time! The show toured Cornwall in winter 2019.

Written by Michael Tonkin-Jones
Stories by Keith Sparrow, Nina-Hills, Sara Hooppell & Michael Tonkin-Jones
Directed by Michael Tonkin-Jones

Cast:
Jack Frost - Keith Sparrow
Jack Frost Understudy - Michael Tonkin-Jones
The Snow Queen - Nina Hills
The North Star - Connie Crosby
Head Elf - Catherine Siddall
Elves - Harry Brewer, Jasmine Cole, Jasper Knight & Jamie Trotter

Producer - Jasmine Cole 
Stage Manager - Demelza Monk
Crew - Izzy Wilkinson 

Animation by Holly Summerson
Music by Jupiter Creatives

Photography & Videography - Neal Megaw

Marketing Design - Keith Sparrow

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Science Adventures

2018

Combining storytelling, interactive elements, puppets, music and silliness this Arts Council funded show was created in 2018. The show tells the story of the Science Fictionaries who are a group on scientist searching for the best stories about science. Unfortunately disaster strikes when their collection is destroyed and they need the audiences help to get their stories back. A fun, educational, interactive show for 5-12 year olds. The show toured Cornwall in Summer 2018 and again in Spring/Summer 2019, before heading to Plymouth Fringe, London venues and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Written by Michael Tonkin-Jones

Stories by Keith Sparrow, Hannah Platts, Jasmine Cole & Michael Tonkin-Jones

Directed by Michael Tonkin-Jones

Cast:

Jasmine Cole

Connie Crosby

Nina Hills

Sara Hooppell

Hannah Platts

Keith Sparrow

Michael Tonkin-Jones

Izzy Wilkinson

Minnie Wilkinson

Producer - Jasmine Cole

Production Assistant - Juliet O'Connor

Set Design & Build - Jasmine Cole

Animation - Michael Tonkin-Jones

Photography & Videography - Neal Megaw

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Jack's Frosty Stories

2017 & 2018

Funded by Arts Council England and produced specifically for The Poly Falmouth, this immersive story telling event took audiences on a tour of the building as they searched for Jack Frost. Aimed at children and families this magical story telling promenade show brought a little extra sparkle to the Poly for Christmas 2017. The show was re developed for Christmas 2018!

 

Written by Michael Tonkin-Jones

Stories by Jasmine Cole, Hannah Platts & Michael Tonkin-Jones

Directed by Michael Tonkin-Jones

 

Cast:

Polly - Connie Crosby (2017) & Demelza Monk (2018)

Woodsman & Jack Frost - Keith Sparrow (2017 /2018)

The Snow Queen - Nina Hills (2017)

Elf Winkle - Catherine Siddall (2018)

 

Producer - Jasmine Cole 

Production Assistant - Catherine Siddall

Set Design & Build - Clare Summerson & Pete Cole

Music - Jupiter Creatives

Photography - Thom Axon

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