The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin

Family Entertainment |

The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin | 14, 21 & 22 Dec, Starts 1pm & 5pm, Tickets £14 | 23 & 24 Dec, Starts 11am & 3pm, Tickets £16 | Recommended Age 3+

The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin’s main character is an enthusiastic, energetic and curious man who spends the majority of his time tinkering in his shed inventing solutions to perceived problems. He is widely misunderstood, but is joyfully oblivious to others’ disdain and mockery, blindly dedicated to his own endeavours. The man is a pioneer fascinated by penguins and plans to meet them when he travels to the Antarctic. He learns to speak penguin language, and so does the audience, so that they can communicate with the penguins. When he arrives he joins a community that works differently to the one he knows at home, and that accepts him.

The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin explores individuality, being different, learning to communicate, and fitting in. Overall it is humorous, joyful, full of energy, exploratory and works for people of all ages. It is authentic and sometimes challenging, it is not just a cute story about fluffy penguins! The first half of the show is set in the man’s garden, and the second half in the Antarctic.

The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin features puppets, acting, movement, song and audience participation. It is full of humour, quirky songs and sound effects, interesting characters, relevant stories and infectious energy.

The show lasts one hour, with no interval, and is best suited to ages 3+.

School performances:

13 Dec – 1 & 5pm*

*Pyjama performance

16 & 17 Dec – 10am & 1pm

18 & 19 Dec – 1 & 5pm

If you are interested in making a school booking please contact or call 01539 725133

Audiences on The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin 

“Loved the show. So good I saw it twice!” 

“Today we went to see The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin, it’s an amazing show and the cast managed to hold the children’s attention and make everyone (adults included) laugh during and throughout the performance. Thank you for taking us on a lovely adventure!” 

“This truly wonderful family-friendly offering from Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company… The story, although mostly set in the rather snowy and chilly Antarctica was a heartwarming one – it was charming, inventive, ingenious, magical, funny, captivating, enchanting, enthralling and energetic in equal measure and sublimely told in a way accessible to everyone. It had all the ingredients we’ve become accustomed to from a Stuff and Nonsense production which means audience members of all ages and abilities are certain to leave the theatre with smiles on their faces.” 

“Such a clever, creative and energetic show – we loved it! Can always rely on Stuff and Nonsense to pull it out of the bag!” 

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