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In 2014 Hijinx invited Blind Summit to spend a week's residency with them in Cardiff. From this week and an idea from Ben Petit Wade, we began a 2 year collaboration with Hijinx to create Meet Fred. The project combined Hijinx's skills making "inclusive theatre" with Blind Summit's puppetry expertise. Our aim was that neither be compromised in any way. The result? A show that won acclaim in Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 and continues to tour nationally and internationally ever since. 

"Meet Fred is our most successful show ever!"  Hijinx

Fred is a table top cloth puppet who fights prejudice every day. He just wants to be part of the real world: get a job, meet a girl. However, when he is threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), his life begins to spiral out of his control.


Hijinx are a professional theatre company based in Cardiff, Wales. They produce and create theatre that always includes actors who have learning disabilities. The company call this 'inclusive theatre' - making much of the skills and raw talent of people who often get overlooked in today’s world, giving them a platform to make and perform stunning theatre alongside actors who don’t have disabilities.

Meet Fred

By Hijinx Theatre

in association with Blind Summit


'Best Ensemble' at the Wales Theatre Awards 2017

"Striking visual inventiveness – both funny and poignant"
**** BritishTheatreGuide

"theatrical invention, irreverent revelling, and with an urgent human story at its heart"  

Total Theatre

"ingeniously conceived, hilarious... unmissable theatre".

***** Broadway Baby

"Slick, smart puppetry for adults with a political edge" 

**** The Stage

***** Edinburgh Guide 

**** The List

***** The Herald

“Have you met Fred yet? If not, you should”

Disability Arts Online

Upcoming tour dates: CLICK HERE

For more information and to book: CLICK HERE


Produced by Hijinx Theatre 
In association with Blind Summit

Directed by Ben Pettitt-Wade

Devised by the company 

Performers: Richard Newnham, Lindsay Foster, Martin Vick, Dan McGowan, Morgan Thomas, Jon Kidd 

Puppetry Dramaturgs: Giulia Innocenti and Tom Espiner for Blind Summit

Puppets designed and made by Blind Summit. Makers: Helen Foan and Morven Mulgrew 

Lighting Design/Production Manager: Ceri James 

Technician: Tom Aires 

Theme music: Jonathan Dunn Production 



5 March - Dresden Germany

23-24 March Centre Culturel Athéna, AURAY, France

21-28 April  Huangpu Theatre, Shanghai 


20 - 21 January   Chapter, Cardiff

24 - 25 January   Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

27 January  Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli

28 January  Galeri Caernarfon

01 February Halliwell Theatre, UWTSD *Closed Perf*

02 - 04 February  Salisbury Playhouse

06 February Soar Centre, Penygraig

07 February The Electric Theatre, Guildford

08 February The Woodville Theatre, Gravesend

09 February The Spring, Havant

10 February Ashcroft Arts Centre

11 February Cornerstone, Didcot

21 February York Theatre Royal

22 – 25 February  Back to Ours Festival, Hull

28 February South Street, Reading

01 - 05 March     Little Angel Theatre, London

07 March    Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan

08 March    Newbury Corn Exchange

09 March    Old Fire Station, Oxford

10 March    Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

14 March    Artrix, Bromsgrove

15 March    Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

16 March    Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds

17 March    Junction, Goole

18 March    Lichfield Garrick

21 March    The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

22 March    IMPACT, Perivale

23 March    Hertford Theatre

25 March    Norwich Playhouse

29 March    Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

30 March    The Roses Theatre, Tewksbury

31 March    Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

01 April    Hafren, Newtown

03 April    The Place, Oakengates Theatre, Telford

04 April    Aberystwyth Arts Centre

05 – 07 April     The Albany, Deptford

08 April    Ffwrnes, Llanelli

26 April    Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

27 April    Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax

28 April    The Grand Theatre Blackpool

02 May      Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

03 May      ARC Stockton

04 May      Barnsley Civic

05 May      Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

06 May      Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

09 May      mac birmingham

10 May      Borough Theatre, Abergavenny

11 – 13 May Theatr Clwyd, Mold


26 Feb - 9 March, tour of Wales:
Blackwood Miners', Blackwood
Chapter, Cardiff
Park and Dare, Treorchy
Pontardawe Arts Centre
Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil
The Miners' Ammanford
The Torch, Milford Haven
5 - 26 August, Summerhall as part of Edinburgh Fringe

15 September, Circomedia, Bristol

30 Sept - 1 Oct, Theaterfestival Grenzenlos Kultur, Mainz, Germany

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