The Terrible Infants

"It's always behind you, but none of it's true and soon you can't control the tale, it is the tale that controls you…"

Based upon a series of twisted tales, this fantastic spectacle blends puppetry, live music and story-telling into a highly sensory theatrical feast suitable for big kids and small grown-ups! Featuring narration from Dame Judi Dench.

Meet Tumb, the boy who eats his mum, Thingummyboy, with a face even his mother forgets, Little Linena, the material girl and of course little Tilly and her terrible tail. Roald Dahl meets Tim Burton in this hugely theatrical, funny, sad, silly, junk-filled, puppetry-packed, dark, delicious, magical piece of performance.

The Terrible Infants is one of our most famous shows to date, having entertained audiences around the UK, culminating in a special 10th anniversary performance at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2017. Who knows, maybe you’ll get the chance to hear the tales of these terrible infants for yourself in the future…


Pleasance 2, Edinburgh Fringe

02 - 27 Aug 2007

Pleasance, London

04 - 23 Dec 2007

UK Tour

20 Feb - 06 Sep 2008

Lillehammer Festival, Norway

27 - 28 May 2009

Udderbelly, London

08 - 14 Jun 2009

Esplanade, Singapore

11 - 13 Jun 2010

Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe

23 - 31 Aug 2010

Orkney Fest, Scotland

18 - 20 Jun 2011

Oxford Playhouse, UK

03 Oct 2011

Holden Street Theatres, Adelaide

21 Feb - 16 Mar 2012

Wilton's Music Hall, London

27 Sep - 28 Oct 2017

Follow this show

The Terrible Infants is now available to license for schools. As one of our best-known shows, this production is perfect for ensemble casts looking to expand their skills in puppetry, music and multi-characterisation.