Shoofly Theatre

Shoofly Theatre are Designer Katie Sykes and Actor/Director Craig Edwards.
We tour to schools in the South West and small scale venues all over the UK.

Hello and welcome.

Two Four Six Eight! is currently on tour and can be booked with dates available from May 2020.

“What a fantastic performance by Shoofly Theatre! It was a funny and engaging show based on areas of the EYFS and Year One Maths curriculum. Highly recommended.” Miss Phillips Reception Teacher Victoria Park Primary Bristol 2018.

“My children have had such a super morning watching your show! It is the most enthusiastic they have been about any production at school.
Please can I pass on our thanks from all the children and staff who watched. They were thrilled with your performance and it made maths so clear, so relevant to everyday life and enjoyable. We were most impressed. Thank you.” Mrs Sarah Barker Clifton High School 2018.

Review of Two Four Six Eight ! at The Wardrobe Theatre March 2019.


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Two Four Six Eight! a fun Numeracy show for 3-7 year olds.

Craig has been invited to his best friend’s Birthday Party. There is an invite to read, presents to wrap, cakes to buy and a house to find. Who will explain the rules of Musical Chairs? Will there be enough balloons?

Information for schools.

The ideal audience for this show is Nursery, Reception, Key Stage One Children and their teachers and focuses on Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy.

The aim of Two-Four-Six-Eight ! is to present the above in a theatrical, amusing and engaging way.

The show can then be used as a teaching aid in follow up work.

Using the real life scenario of going to a Birthday Party the lone character of Craig endeavors to solve mathematical problems.

He explores amongst other things, Counting, Sharing, Adding, Subtraction and Number Representation.

For example wrapping a present involves an encounter with Shape, Space and Measures.

Reading the invitation to the party involves recognising Numbers as Labels and demonstrates using mathematical vocabulary the ideas of Time and Distance.

We made this production with the support of St Mary Redcliffe Primary School in Bristol.

For performances in schools: Cost per show £ 150-00.

Recommended audience number up to 150.

Show running time 40 minutes.

Space required for approx. 2 hours.

Performance area 4 m x 4m.

This is the feedback we received following the first performance of Two Four Six Eight! to Year One and their teachers.

“A fabulous production, which delighted and challenged our Year One Children. There was a great range of mathematical concepts from simple counting, counting in twos, sharing, patterns, shape, measure and place value. It really was fab!”  Jane Johnson (School Maths Co-ordinator.)

“Fantastic show, wonderful in its simplicity. Lovely music. Will definitely be a great learning stimulus in school.” Roisin Soares (Primary Teacher.)

“A real inspiration and stimulus for post performance classroom fun!”   Louise Brown (Primary Teacher.)

“The kids got so involved-it was lovely to watch it with them. I couldn’t stop smiling.”  Dayna Stephens (Primary Teacher.)

“Wonderful early years piece. Engaged Year One brilliantly. A good mix of comedy slapstick and number mix ups.” Sasha Duffy (Drama Teacher & Parent.)

“Just right for this age-they can relate to the story. Good dilemmas which the children will recognise.” Chris Williams (Primary Teacher.)

“Lovely show, witty, engaging, incredibly friendly and full of life. Sure to appeal to its target age group.” Ali Robertson (Former Director Tobacco Factory Theatre.)

“The show was charming, quirky and very funny, the little boy next to me giggled all the way through it.” Jude Merrill (Former Artistic Producer Travelling Light Theatre Co.)

“This is a rib-tickling little gem of a show. Craig and Katie have long been delighting Bristol with wonderful theatre for young people. When I saw Two Four Six Eight! the room was bursting with huge smiles. Children counting and laughing.” Kate Yedigaroff (Former Producer Bristol Old Vic now with MAYK.)

Theatre Review Bristol Old Vic.

” How to shepherd a gaggle of restlessly excitable three and four year olds through the joys of elementary number play? Bristol company Shoofly Theatre ( aka comic actor Craig Edwards and director/designer Katie Sykes, both regulars on the Bristol/Bath children’s theatre landscape) look to have cracked it in this wide-eyed, exuberant little gem.
Craig’s off to a joint birthday party, but has to purchase and wrap a couple of pressies first. Oh and then find the house at number 51. Cue a ceaselessly entertaining, hurtlingly physical race through obstacles and temptations, including a cake shop,
recalcitrant wrapping paper, button-fastening and the riddle of street numbering. Edwards is a hugely entertaining and endearing actor to watch, his wide eyed gurn equally at home registering exuberance and bewilderment.
The show’s a triumph of simplicity, too: just four chairs, three soft toys, some wrapping paper, some music and a lot of energy. There’s a talking dog; there’s a fearsomely fought game of musical chairs, which sees the soft toys come into their own.
There’s some of the best comedy balloon inflation you’ll see all year.
Above all, there’s a sense of energy and wonder at the world that feels utterly genuine- and which should inspire a love of numbers, and of theatre, in audiences of all ages.” Steve Wright.
4.5 stars out of 5.

Shoofly Theatre are designer Katie Sykes and actor/director Craig Edwards.

We are highly experienced theatre makers and have been involved in a number of critically acclaimed productions with companies such as

Travelling Light   Three KingsHow Cold My Toes, Sammy & The Snow Leopard, Boing! and Pobby & Dingan,

The Bristol Old Vic  We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Boing!, Treasure Island, The Boy Who Cried Wolf,

National Theatre Jane Eyre, Peter Pan,

The Tobacco Factory  The Borrowers,The Ugly Duckling, Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves, Cinderella, 101 Dalmations and The Last Voyage Of Sinbad The Sailor,

The Egg Theatre Bath  Around The World In 80 Days, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and One Item Only.

Shoofly Theatre has been formed to create exciting and affordable work to tour to schools and venues.

Our current show Two Four Six Eight! has enjoyed six successful tours.

South West Schools visited : Academy of Trinity Radstock, Ashley Down Primary Bristol, Avonmouth Primary, Bank Leaze Primary, Barton Hill Primary, Begbrook Primary, Bishop Rd Primary, Broadway Infants, Broomhill Infants, Brunel Fields Primary Bristol, Burnbush Primary, Cathedral Primary Bristol, Chester Park Infants, Christ Church Infants, Clifton High School Bristol, Colstons Primary, Compass Point, Cotham School, Dundry Primary, Easton Primary, Farmborough C of E Primary, Flax Bourton Primary, Four Acres Primary, Greenfield E-Act Academy Bristol, Hannah More Primary, Headley Park Primary Bristol, Henbury Court Primary Academy, Holy Cross Primary, Holymead Infants, Hopscotch Nursery, Jack & Jill Pre School Westbury On Trym, Kings Oak Academy Bristol, Little Mead Primary, Luckwell Primary, Millpond Primary, Overndale Primary, Pensford Primary Bristol, St. Andrews Primary Congresbury, St. Bernards Primary, St. Francis Primary, St. John The Evangelist, St. Mary’s Primary Radstock, St.Nicholas of Tolentine Bristol, St. Saviour’s Nursey & Infant School, Shirehampton Primary Bristol, Tickenham Primary Clevedon,Wallscourt Farm Academy, The Avenue School & Children’s Centre Warminster, The Mead Community Primary Wingfield, Twerton Infant School, Victoria Park Primary, Waycroft Primary, Westliegh Infants Backwell, Winford Primary, Worlebury St. Paul’s First School, Wrington Primary, Yatton Primary, Yeo Moor Primary.

Venues visited: Bristol Old Vic, The Egg Bath, The Theatre Chipping Norton, The Albany Deptford London, The Lighthouse Poole, Jacksons Lane Theatre London, New Wolsey Ipswich, Gigglefest Birmingham, Lyric Theatre London, Half Moon Theatre London, Arts Depot London, Thornbury Arts Festival, Marine Theatre Lyme Regis, North Wall Oxford, The Hawth Crawley, Watermans Theatre Brentford, The Forum Norwich, Unicorn Theatre London, Winchester Theatre Royal, Tobacco Factory Bristol, Salisbury Playhouse, The Arc Stockton-on-Tees, Pegasus Theatre Oxford, The Theatre Shop Clevedon, The Barn Nailsea, The Boo Theatre Rossendale Lancs.

Previous Tour/Productions

You’re Not My Friend Anymore!  toured from Feb.2013 to Sep. 2014.

In 2013 we enjoyed a sell out run at The Brewery Theatre Bristol.

“On a virtually empty stage stands Craig who, we learn, has a lot of friends but two ‘best’ friends Max and Zoe which, rather magically, are constructed before our very eyes. Through a spell binding dynamic relay of beautiful mime, full body physical theatre, puppetry and elastic facial expressions, Craig shows us what him and his pals get up to. It takes a special type of performer to play all the parts in a play and keep a theatre of wriggly small people engaged and giggling.” Jessica Currie Guide2Bristol Review Feb 2013.

“The children loved the show as did the parents.” Helen Sanday Little Mead Primary School.

Time Out Top 10 Children’s theatre shows.

“Critics’ guide to the best shows to take kids to this school holiday May 2013- You’re Not My Friend Anymore! at The Unicorn Theatre London.”

“Admirable in involving its audience, taking them and its story seriously. It takes two to quarrel but only one to tell a tale. Here it’s Craig, a boy who has many friends with whom he enjoys doing different things. He has two special friends, Max and Zoe, created out of objects, faces suggested by a bag or cushion, detachable when Craig wants to involve them in argument or action. And of course they argue, and of course Craig’s taken into the confidence of one who suggests “we” won’t play with the other. Shoofly Theatre’s short show is an apt length for its 3+ audiences and engages playfully and visually with the difficulties young friendships can run into, pacing its story to give enough time to establish each point yet always moving forward. Max and Zoe’s quarrel develops steadily, through a calm, serious narration with humour coming from visual detail – the way, for example, Edwards manipulates the object-faces and Craig’s expression as they look towards or away from him. So, the piece amuses while maintaining the seriousness of the situation – and few things are as serious for those involved as a childhood falling-out. Enjoyable and recognisable, the piece also has to provide a resolution. It’s largely a matter of time healing; the quarrel was yesterday, now it’s today and everyone can be happy again. It doesn’t have the cause-and-effect denouement of a story, but it makes the point that life goes on and the world doesn’t come to an end with every falling-out. Edwards’ finely-judged performance is enhanced by Sarah Moody’s catchy, rhythmically lively yet never intrusive musical score.” Timothy Ramsden review Unicorn Theatre.

You’re Not My Friend Anymore!

The show for 3-7 year olds, a funny,delightful and poignant look at the ups and downs and ins and outs of friendship.

What do you do……?

When your friend who makes you happy also makes you sad?

When your friend wants to be with you but you want to be with someone else?

And can it ever work having TWO BEST FRIENDS?!

Join Shoofly Theatre in their quest to answer the fundamental problems of being a good friend.

You’re Not My Friend Anymore! is particularly suitable for Nursery, Reception, Key Stage One children their teachers and carers.

The show focuses on the joys and problems of Friendship,

Identifying emotions in yourself and others,

Problem solving,

Game playing, winning and losing,

Falling out and making up.

You’re Not My Friend Anymore! can be used as a teaching aid in follow up work.

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Best wishes Craig & Katie @ Shoofly Theatre.