Once upon a time in a far off imaginary place... a giant fell out of the sky. 


'There were roofs down, windows blown in' says Puppet Granny Tina Henderson, puffing on a Malboro Light. 'It wasnae funny'. 


A true-crime-puppet-panto-docu-drama that tells the true story of Jack and the Beanstalk in the words of the real puppets who were actually there on the ground at the time when it all happened. 


We go behind the scenes, under the covers, down the back of the sofas and left no stone unturned. We uncovered a dark tale of gambling, greed, theft and murder.

We ask the difficult questions: How did it go up? What the hell was it? Why did we believe it would last for ever? Why did it all come crashing down? 

And most importantly - How come we believe in fairy tales?


Citizen Jack

Seeking Touring Partners for Spring 2019 onwards


Written and directed by Mark Down

With Fiona Clift, Tom Espiner, Giulia Innocenti

Puppets designed and made by Nick Barnes, Helen Foan, Mark Down, Fiona Clift, Natasha Burns, Rachel Salenius

Designed by Rachel Good and Mark Down

Associate Designer: Ruth Paton

Lighting and Sound Design by Fergus Waldron and Mark Down

Choreography: Carolyn Choa

Associate Artist: Ruth Paton 

Assistant to the Director: Alejandra Prieto



Edinburgh 2015 Cast ("Citizen Puppet"): Laura Caldow, Fiona Clift, Samuel Dutton, Simon Scardifield, Jake Waring 

This production was originally developed (under title "Citizen Puppet") in collaboration with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, with a work in progress at the New Diorama Theatre in London 3 - 14 March 2015

Work In Progress Cast: Laura Caldow (Blind Summit), Sean Garratt (Blind Summit), Ellinor Isherwood (RCSSD), Thomas Lawrence (RCSSD), Marieta Llieva (RCSSD), Samuel Sheldon (RCSSD), Bart Suavek (RCSSD), David Thackeray (RCSSD) 

Head Puppet Designer and Maker: Helen Foan 

Work In Progress Set and Costume Design: Ana Maio Graca (RCSSD) 

Work In Progress Assistant Director: Fiona Clift (Blind Summit)


SUPPORTED BY the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, the Unity Theatre Trust, and the Leche Trust


Thank you to our donors...
Helen Bradbrook
Matthew Gardener
Daniel Betts

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2a Grenville Road

London N19 4EH

020 7272 9020


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