Theatre for One

Theatre for One (TFO) is an innovative idea developed in the UK by Lempen Puppet Theatre in which audience members interact with a performer on a one-to-one basis and the story is short and simple. The performance has an element of intrigue for the surrounding public as they see the external view of looking through a periscope into a man’s apparently pregnant belly, a person with their head inside a lion’s mouth, a space helmet, a diver’s helmet, or a person with their head in the front door of an artist’s house. Inside the pregnant belly, we see a disco dancing baby, inside the lion’s head there is a man searching for a story and inside the space helmet we find space bears that have gone rogue.

“A simple idea, the best ones often are, created with such loving care and attention to detail that you just have to smile. Sometimes three minutes is all that’s needed!”
Dorothy Max Prior, Animations Online

About Lempen Puppet Theatre

Lempen Puppet Theatre Company tour their own unique brand of original stories told with puppets. Imaginative, spellbinding, surprising and sometimes bonkers, Lempen focus on puppetry, storytelling, light, music and a journey that takes the audience there and back again.

To make their theatre they are inspired by Myth and Folklore, by intriguing and unconventional characters, by their sense of humour and by matters that they care about. The company aims to produce quality productions for family audiences that connect the real world to the world of imagination.

Lempen Puppet Theatre tour extensively all over the UK, and have appeared at various festivals, theatres and schools in Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Romania, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turks&Caicos.

Lempen mainly tour their own work but from time to time also make and direct for other companies and lead workshops. They are also directors for the Skipton International Puppet Festival.

Funding, commissioning and partner credits

Commissioned by Without Walls and Just So Festival.