Citizen Squid

An interactive big puppet spectacle



Citizen Squid is an interactive big puppet spectacle about compassion, displacement and transition.

Designed for young people and family audiences, Citizen Squid explores the idea of home and relocation, a highly topical theme delivered in an engaging yet poignant way.

Five puppeteers manipulate the 10ft squid body and its many tentacles, guided by two narrators.



“Mesmerising performance.”

“Enjoyed surreal nature of Citizen Squid. The event was very well organised and stewarded.”

“Interesting, involving, colourful – good fun.”

“Very entertaining. Clever fun. Ideal as way to change location.”

“Fascinating, enjoyable, good to participate in, children enjoyed them. Also adults enjoyed the performances.”

“This one was fun, creative, imaginative and engrossing.”


“It was whimsical.”

“Loved it. Wish I could have returned on Sunday. But I told many friends.”

“My two children (aged 9 and 10) were captivated! Opportunities to interact most welcome.”

“Well staged, guided and fabulous diversity.”

“Sad, funny, strange, scary.”

“Fantastic artists, funny show.”


“…good to see a piece of street theatre where the passers-by were stopped in their tracks, and young spectators from five to fifteen were totally engaged.”

Penny Francis MBE
Puppet Centre Trust Board Member


Interested in booking this show? Please download our booking pack here.

Cast & Creative

Artistic Director, Original Concept, Producer
Ivan Thorley

Designer, Lead Puppet Maker, Devisor
Caroline Bowman

Co-Devisors, Performers
Priya Mistry, Iskandar Sharazuddin, Ivan Thorley, Laura Cubitt, Sam Clark, Tom Wilton, Abigail Matthews, Jeremy Hancock, Roman Stefanski, Andrew London, Jamie Ducan, Peyvand Sadeghian, Rebecca O’Brien, Ben Thompson, Mikey Brett.

Puppet Makers
Christopher Kelly, Ruth Herbert, Jen Cardno, Alison Alexander, Miriam Hammond, Katie from Warhorse, Charlotte Quartermaine, Roman Stefanski.

Puppet Maker Interns
Rosa Douglas, Eddie Bayemi, Jessie McGuire, Lucy Paskell, George Chaffey, Pip Herbst, Elaine Morris.

Sound and Music
Daniel Kempson, Rae Howell, Klaus Bru, Seb Silas.

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre Producer
Peter Holland (2015)

Consultant Producers
Stephanie Hay and Kate Anderson

Video Documentation
Zia Trench 2016

Commissioned by the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Further developed with support from Wandsworth Grants Fund and ENABLE Leisure and Culture.

Special thanks to Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Latitude Festival, Blind Summit Theatre, Stephanie Hay, Artem, Significant Object, Kate Anderson, Nick Barnes, Cornish Tiger, November Films, RCSSD, Byrony Kimmings, Nathan Curry, NT Warhorse, Hornsey Town Hall (HTH) and Southlands Arts Centre.

Puppets with GUTS has been funded by Wandsworth Council’s Grant Fund to deliver a new physical theatre and puppet engagement programme called Kids Create. Through working with Enable Leisure and Culture’s Arts Team, The Pump House Gallery, The Rose Community Centre, The Yvonne Carr Children’s Centre, Carey Gardens, Patmore Estate, St George Primary, Griffin Primary and Heathbrook Primary all in Wandsworth, we have had a fantastic response. Puppets with GUTS is part of Wandsworth Fringe Festival which is funded by Wandsworth Council and delivered by Enable Leisure and Culture on behalf of Wandsworth Council.

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