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Puppet Theatre Take Over - Cheshire East

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Puppet Theatre Take Over - Cheshire East

Puppet Theatre Take Over - Cheshire East

Goofus Theatre CIC By Goofus Theatre CIC

Goofus Theatre will be taking over your community this summer! Free fantastical performances will be popping up in your local community space. Enjoy a show, meet the puppeteers, meet the puppets!

Congleton Delivery stage

pledged of £5,334

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

At Goofus we love to share magical stories through our puppet performances. We can 'pop-up' in almost any space! This summer we would love to bring our shows right into our Cheshire East communities. Taking over community centres, village halls or even the local park. Our aim is to organise 8 days of free performances over the summer holidays. Our family friendly shows use puppetry, music and live performance to tell stories of friendship, bravery and, of course, magic. We love to spend time with our audiences after each show so they can chat to the actors and meet the puppets. Puppetry is inclusive for all audiences ages 0-100!

What we'll deliver:

  • 8 days of free performances in towns / villages across Cheshire East
  • 5 free performances each day

Why it's a great idea:

Our project will bring the magic of theatre to audiences who may not otherwise get the opportunity to enjoy this experience. Introducing puppetry a performing art that maybe new to many people. Our shows are inclusive to all audiences including neuro-diverse children and young people, those living with dementia and children of all ages. Bringing theatre into unusual places right in the heart of communities means we can reach new audiences. Providing the performances free ensures we are not excluding anyone who may not otherwise be able to afford to engage with a theatre show. Adding the chance to meet our actors can inspire our next generation of creatives, actors and performers. Showing young people a career in performing arts is a worthwhile, rewarding choice. We can perform 5 shows per day and aim to engage 800 people over the project.

Steps to get it done:

  • Book venues for performance dates
  • Advertise performance days on social media / posters in communities
  • Rehearse for performances
  • Perform shows

Goofus Theatre is a CIC with the following charitable aims: - Improve access to the arts, particularly puppet theatre, for those not currently engaging with this form. - Produce high quality live arts events and participatory art activities for a wide range of audiences including children and families. - Prioritise working in areas of social deprivation and with current low levels of arts engagement. - Empower people by bringing them into the creative process. Share learning with participants, collaborators and the wider arts community.


Location Congleton

About the space

Cheshire East includes areas of wealth and areas of social deprivation.


Cheshire East Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,334

Actors Fees for 10 days / 2 days rehearsals / 8 days performances - £3,300 (62%)
Venue Hire - £1,000 (19%)
Marketing & Project Manager - 3 days - £300 (6%)
Contingency - £300 (6%)
Other - £434 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Actors Fees for 10 days / 2 days rehearsals / 8 days performances
Venue Hire
Marketing & Project Manager - 3 days
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Add more dates to the project for summer or to add an October half term tour
  • To develop a new piece of puppetry theatre

Total £5,334

Our Volunteer List

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