Our Award-Winning Production

Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory a hideous creature awakens. A deadly cockatrice is born!

Bold knights flee in terror… Can a humble nun defeat the beast?

Multi-Award-Winning Mumblecrust Theatre present two muddle-headed storytellers, an obscure British legend, breathtaking puppetry and spine-tingling live music in this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old.




This production has been crafted out of nothing by a team of two. Long hours, hardships indescribable, a small crowdfunding campaign and an insane, cackling fixation on success against all odds have given birth to Mumblecrust Theatre’s brand new production.


The play is based on a little-known legend from British Folklore. We meet two enigmatic, inter-dimensional story-tellers, trapped in an empty void of forgetfulness, desperately in search of an audience. They begin to recount an ancient legend of an evil creature, set in the historic village of Wherwell. We hear of the village’s struggles, the lives lost and the heroes slain.

Can a humble nun find the answer?



Mumblecrust Theatre is based in the South West of England. Artistic Directors Katie Underhay and Anthony Burbridge started the company to create our flagship production, "The Tale of the Cockatrice", with an aim to make something sophisticated and scary, atmospheric and meaningful. The show was created to entertain all ages, but to fill a niche in children’s theatre, where slightly older children often get left out!


After winning two awards at Brighton Fringe 2017 (Voice's Best Newcomer and IYAF's Best of Brighton Fringe: Children and Family Award) Mumblecrust are now busy organising tour dates across the country.


Mumblecrust Theatre works in partnership with Peafrog Puppetry, who design and make puppets for theatre and film as well as running interactive workshops for all ages. Click here to find out about Peafrog Puppetry.

Tour Dates

Mumblecrust Theatre will be taking 'The Tale of the Cockatrice' around the UK throughout 2017-18. Keep checking this page to see when new dates are added, and hopefully the show will be coming to a theatre near you soon!

28th & 29th December 2017 - 11am & 2pm - Theatre Shop, Clevedon


We are excited to announce that our national tour will begin very close to home!

We will be performing at Theatre Shop, Clevedon in North Somerset at the end of the year. This is the first time we'll be playing our home county so it's a fantastic Christmas present and a wonderful start to the tour which will be taking us all over the UK.

Tickets are available here

Past Performances

'The Tale of the Cockatrice' had its world première at Midsummer Dreams Festival in Dartington, Devon in July 2016.

As a South West based company, we were so pleased to be a part of this brand new festival.


In November 2016, we went to Bridport, Dorset, to try out some brand new material in a scratch performance as part of our residency at The Lyric Theatre. We performed an extended version of the original show with a Post-Show Q&A.


Our fantastic 5 day 'Fringe Debut' in Brighton at the Warren was a fantastic success! Not only did the production gain 5 and 4 star reviews and great reception from the family audiences, we also won 2 Brighton Fringe Awards!


In July 2017 we had our EdFringe preview at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and in August 2017 we performed for all three weeks of the Edinburgh Fringe at Venue 13. We also performed our first ever Relaxed Performance of the show which is a subject close to our hearts!


Here are some production photos of the show, and a few photos of the company out and about!

Creative Team

The production is devised, composed, designed and performed by Katie Underhay and Anthony Burbridge.

Katie is regularly to be seen touring the country as Actress, Singer and Puppeteer. In 2014 she created Peafrog Puppetry to stage her flagship production, ‘Murder at Monishing Manor’ - a genre-defining comic puppet-murder-mystery-musical!


She teamed up with composer, actor and director Anthony to create Mumblecrust Theatre, after their initial collaboration in Anthony’s spontaneous and satirical music video, Tawdry Child - which included a singing taxidermy leopard and a tiny string-puppet of Justin Bieber!


We'd like to thank our friends and family for their support in creating this production: Jonathan Leach, Adam Smith, Janet Underhay, Anne Mowbray, wild-reality.com, Chris Leach, Niki McCretton, the Lyric Theatre, Nerd Zone, Jon Terry, Claire Porter, Matt Jones, everyone at Venue 13, Bill Underhay, That Creative Thingy Wotsit, Rorie Brophy, and all our Kickstarter supporters when we created the show and our amazing patrons on Patreon!

Contact Us

If you would like more details on our tour dates, information about bringing 'The Tale of the Cockatrice' to your venue or festival or to find out about Mumblecrust Theatre or Peafrog Puppetry,

please use the form below or email us at: admin [at] mumblecrust.com

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