Whalley Range All Stars


whalley range - imaginary friends

Ten performers and ten life-size puppets lead the audience on a journey through the twisting and turning streets of group relationships. Imaginary Friends is a mobile outdoor performance, combining narrative with group improvisation, singing and theatrical set-pieces.

The troupe come to life in a series of guises, continually remaking themselves into  a gang of drunks, a group of  ventriloquists, a dance troupe, nurses and patients, children and teddy-bears, rescuers and the rescued, the socially embarrassed and the socially embarrassing. Imaginary Friends fuses choreography, improvisation and singing to mould images of tenderness, humour, surprise and cartoon-style violence into a story of life on the move.

Imaginary Friends is a collaboration between the British company Whalley Range All Stars and the Dutch company Babok.  Both groups explore a variety of outdoor theatre forms and how these can interact with the public.


The ever-excellent Whalley Range All Stars”  Hazel Morris,  The Guardian

Imaginary Friends  – the puppets were amazingly crafted & expertly captured the features of those miming with them. I enjoyed the atmosphere created by the lack of dialogue rarely interspersed with synchronised humming, which contributed a strangely eerie tone & reinforced the reality of it being an adult production. Great idea, expressing content that everyone can relate to.” – Audience Member, GDIF 2011


Commissioners and Partners
Commissioned by Without Walls
Supported by Lakes Alive and Arts Council England


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