What happens when we allow the darker parts of our mind to take control and transform our own realities? How far will we go? And who will be the one to pull us back? After the death of his wife, a disconnected father realises he has lost his teenage daughter to her own brutal inner world. Now he must do what it takes to bring her back, no matter the cost. Sparkle and Dark present a short scratch performance using puppetry, live music and shadow play.

Praise for previous work

Killing Roger

Fringe Guru
‘Extraordinary… something both magnificent and terrible: an uncompromising, visceral representation of what assisted dying actually means.’

Three Weeks
‘The beautiful script, phenomenal puppetry, and stunning live music make this an incredible piece of theatre’

Culture Fly
‘… an intensely moving, provocative and inspiring hour of drama.  If you have a chance to see any of Sparkle and Dark theatre works go …’ Culture Fly

Evening Standard
‘Roger the puppet takes on a life of his own and brings a touching humanity to a controversial subject.’

The Girl With No Heart

Edfringe Review
’A masterful production of a difficult subject.  Something that should be seen and never forgotten.’

The Independent
‘Not so much a puppet show as a puppet master class… Sparkle and Dark’s Storytelling has class and power.’

The Stage
“A beautifully staged drama… stunning!”


Best New Writing, Buxton Fringe 2010 – The Clock Master
Best Family Show, Buxton Fringe 2011 – The Clock Master
Peoples Award, Wellcome Trust 2013 and 14 – Killing Roger

Award Nominations

Best Family Show, Buxton Fringe 2010 – The Clock Master
Best Actress, Buxton Fringe 2011 – The Clock Master
Best puppet performance, Mimetic 2013 – Killing Roger

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