The Pied Piper 'It’s about time we did something about those pesky rats'

The Pied Piper

Online premiere

Key Information
  • Dates Sat 27 Feb 2021 - Sat 13 Mar 2021
  • Location Online premiere
  • First broadcast

    2pm, 27 Feb

  • Available until

    13 March 2021

  • Running time

    90 mins approx (with a short interval).

'We would like to remind you, the townsfolk of Hamelin, that all music is BANNED. And that everything you are told by the Mayor’s office, is, automatically and categorically, a fact.'

Devised by Liz Felton and the Company

Directed by Liz Felton

Suitable for all ages

Welcome to the ageing town of Hamelin, a forgotten place shrouded in mystery and stuffed full of secrets. What really did happen here the last time a stranger came to town? Bring your detecting skills to help us find the light in the darkness of this tale. As we sift through recollections, refuse and rodents, maybe…just maybe, a happy end can be found.

Based on the children’s classic, this new adaptation sees actors in 12 separate locations come together virtually at the ‘Hamelin House’ to tell this timeless story. But…more help is needed, so budding young detectives are encouraged to grab a torch, make their own rat puppet, and join us on Saturday 27 February for this ripping yarn, jam packed with theatre magic, epic sound and puppetry galore.

Please note that this is a pre-recorded performance, but there will be an interactive feel. An accompanying activity pack is now available to download (PDF, 6113 KB).

Please note that this production will be available to stream for two weeks after the premiere.

Image credit: Ed Felton

A life-size puppet of a girl with bobble hat and dungarees

Puppet designed by MA Performance Design student Tish Mantripp.

Simple rat puppets made from recycled toilet rolls

Make your own puppet

ⓘ The Pied Piper accompanying activity pack is now available to download (PDF, 6113 KB). Jam-packed with word games, fun facts and craft ideas, the pack is designed to be downloaded ahead of watching the performance. If you require the activity pack in an alternative format, please contact [email protected].


Norman Sanderson Bill Caple

Albert Alex Chard

Penelope Twinkletime Phoebe Cook

David Watts Max Guest

Molly Brown Evie Hargreaves

Rufus Shortsight Joshua Hurley

Sasha Sparkles Chiara Lari

Reggie Hulahoop Tom Moran

Wally Patrick McAndrew

Brucilla Springsteen Eve Pereira

Mayor Mildred Longbottom Tanvi Virmani

Tom Major Joe Usher

Rita Oracle Alexander Uzoka

Creative Team

Director Liz Felton

Liz Felton is a specialist in devised theatre and works with the students to create new writing, self stories and performances for a family audience. She is Artistic Director of The Story Cellar and works across Bristol as a theatre Director and storyteller.

Asst Director Jessy Roberts

Designer Charly Hurrell

Original Music by Dark Smoke Signal 

Sound Designer Tom Codd

Puppet Designer and Maker Tish Mantripp

Costume Designer Charly Hurrell

Voice Coach Carol Fairlamb

Choreographer Michelle Gaskell

Prod Stage Management Supervisor Ruth Sidery

Stage Manager (on Book*) Cat Simpson*

ASM/Rehearsals (Props*) Hannah Bracegirdle and Laura Davies

ASM/Props Neamh Campbell & Danni Davis

Costume Supervisor K.T Vacara

Props Supervisor Frankie Dowers

Prop Makers Karris Holm and Frances Pillsworth

Sound and AV Op Chantel Blackwood

Vision Mixers Spencer Cash-Archer, Chris Davies and Miranda Sellers

Lighting Alastair Barrows/Mary Bennett

Production Manager Ed Wilson

Production Assistant Leila Glen

The Pied Piper Podcast

Images from the Pied Piper performance

One of my favourite parts about BOVTS is that it feels ‘homegrown’. From the set to the costume, lighting, acting and sound, every single aspect of a theatre production or film is down to the students. The location of Clifton is so serene and the School being so small everyone knows each other and it feels so personal and special. Violet Morris, BA Professional Acting Student