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Created by Keith Saha and Sue Buckmaster
A 20 Stories High and Theatre-Rites Co-Production

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A hip hop and puppetry theatre show for 3-6 year olds and everybody that looks after them

No matter whether you are Big or Small, the world is full of rules. Sometimes we make our own rules, sometimes we don’t know the rules and sometimes we want to play by different rules.

What happens when a Beatboxer, a Singer and a Puppeteer arrive on stage but nothing is ready for them? No set, no instruments, no puppets. No rules.

Come and watch as they create a world full of joy and chaos, where objects come to life and everything is possible.

BIG UP! is perfect for little people who want to be Big, and Big people who… just might have forgotten how to play.

After the success of The Broke N Beat Collective, the award-winning Theatre-Rites join with us again, this time to create BIG UP! a show especially for 3-6 year olds and the people who look after them.

For 3 to 6 year olds and everybody that looks after them.

On tour with Big Up!


A music event like no other – a mash up of beatboxing, live music and puppetry hosted by HOBBIT (International Beatbox Champion). Includes guest spots from a host of local MCs, singers and poets plus an after show open mic jam. Suitable for 13+

Venues hosting MASH UP alongside Big Up! are listed below.


Hobbit (International Beatbox Champion)

Dorcas Seb

Iestyn Evans

Clarke Joseph-Edwards


Production Team

Production Manager Simon Sturgess

Company Stage Manager Laura Hammond

Technical Stage Manager Matt Gibson

Scenic Construction Elouise Farley

Sound Supplier Stage Sound Electrics

Enagagement Associates Anita Welsh, Conor Hunt, Tayo Olowo-Okere and Ailbhe Treacy

Creative and Production Team

Co-Writers Keith Saha and Sue Buckmaster

Co-Directors Keith Saha and Sue Buckmaster

Design Verity Quinn

Lighting Design Joe Hornsby

Sound Design John Everett

Puppet Design Michael Fowkes

Puppet Makers Michael Fowkes and Naomi Oppenheim

Costume Supervisor Christians Casimiro

“A captivating live theatre experience for little ones, and a reminder to the rest of us of how much fun there is to be had when you let your imagination run wild.”

The Stage

“A performance that was funnier, more engaging and more inventive than virtually any theatre production aimed at young children I’ve ever seen.”

Northern Soul

Big Up! - Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Fri 8 - Sat 16 Feb, 2019


MASH UP - Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Thur 14 Feb


Big Up! - Oldham Library Theatre, Oldham

Tue 19 - Fri 22 Feb 2019


MASH UP - Oldham Library Theatre, Oldham

Wed 20 Feb


Big Up! - The Albany, London

Tue 5 - Thur 7 Mar 2019


MASH UP - The Albany, London

Fri 8 Mar


Big Up! - The Grand, Blackpool

Wed 13 - Sat 16 Mar 2019


Big Up! - Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London

Fri 22 - Sat 23 Mar 2019


Big Up! - Z-Arts, Manchester

Fri 29 - Sat 30 Mar, 2019


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