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Greetings silly people…

It’s all go, go, go with less than a week until we begin rehearsals for The Elves & The Shoemaker, and just a month until our opening night at The Poly in Falmouth! Over the weekend we received some amazing news, with confirmation that the show will be supported by Arts Council England through their Grants For The Arts scheme! It feels like it was only yesterday that we were mucking about in Seamas’ granny’s attic making our first show and here we are now able to properly pay all those friends who have done us favours in the past…


So there’s plenty to do in the next month and it gets even busier after that, with 51 performances on the road between the end of September and the beginning of December, followed by a three week run at Colchester Arts Centre over Christmas. It feels like it’s been a long time coming but that time has arrived and we can’t wait to get this show out into the world.

For a full list of tour dates and information on the Colchester run, head over to the shows section of this site and check out the trailer below.

We hope to see you at one of the shows in the coming months.

SB x

The Elves & The Shoemaker and other stories… Promo from Callum Mitchell on Vimeo.

Elves promo 2


We’ve been a bit slack at updating our website of late, so thought we’d post a little note to fill you in on what we’ve been up to… First things first, we reached our target for new show Two Punks And A Tandem on Kickstarter! Thank you so much to all who pledged their support. We are genuinely humbled and touched, and were mega-chuffed to pass our target of £3500 with four days to spare… We can’t wait to make the show and look forward to touring it next year.

Silly Boys On Tour from Callum Mitchell on Vimeo.

Attention now turns to The Elves & The Shoemaker (and other stories…), our new family production commissioned by Colchester Arts Centre. ‘The Elves…’ will tour the UK autumn 2014 (we’re currently taking bookings and spots are filling up, so hurry up and get in touch if you’re interested!) before going on to Colchester for a two week run over the Christmas holidays. We are delighted to announce that the touring cast for this show will be Seamas, Callum and new member of the Silly family, the wonderfully talented and charming Ailsa Dalling! Experienced Silly Boy Alex Heane will then join the cast when we relocate to Colchester in December as the resident musician. The show will be directed by Jim Carey (who also directed The Tallest Horse On Earth) and designed my the brilliant Mae Voogd.

We’ll have more information to follow in the coming weeks, so do keep your eyes peeled. But in the meantime, here’s a teaser image (courtesy of Mae) to whet your appetite along with a video we made touring The Tallest Horse On Earth last autumn. We hope you enjoy!

Silly Boys x

Two Punks And A Tandem – Teaser 1 from Callum Mitchell on Vimeo.

We’re raising money to make a new show. Find out how you can help us here.


Hello and a happy new year from Silly Boys HQ. We’re busy finalising our plans for 2014, which will include a new kids show touring in the autumn before going on to do a run at Colchester Arts Centre, Christmas 2014. More info to follow soon.

In the meantime, we’ve started a blog documenting the process of producing a new show we’ll be developing throughout 2014 with a plan to tour it early 2015. The show is TWO PUNKS AND A TANDEM and said blog exists here. Above is the beautiful poster designed by the brilliant Mae Voogd and below is a promo image from a recent morning spent mucking about up a hill, in the rain. Photo once more courtesy of the lovely Mae.

Here’s to a wonderful 2014. Watch this space for future announcements!

SB x


Here’s a little taster for a future family show we’re currently working on here at Silly Boys HQ. Words by Callum, music by Seamas and illustration by Mae.


The Tallest Horse On Earth gallops off on tour again tomorrow (Saturday 21st September) starting with a sold out show at Townshend Village Hall.

Our 23-date tour will take us all over the British Isles, from Cornwall to Wales, from Devon to Aberdeen! Following on from the success of our mini-tour in the spring, the autumn tour features a slight re-jig of cast and crew with the show’s original writer Callum Mitchell replacing the brilliant Alex Heane as Thomas (Alex is off to the capital to pursue a degree in silliness) and Mae Voogd (a girl!) joining the Silly Boys team in charge of tech and puppet maintenance for the run. A super talented illustrator, animator, puppeteer and performer, we’re very excited about having Mae on board. She’ll also be involved in next year’s family show, currently with the working title ‘Tales From The Orchard’. We bid a fond farewell to Alex, although we’re certain this won’t be the end of his work with Silly Boys.

Info on all dates for the autumn tour can be found in the ‘shows’ section of the site, we hope to see you at one of the performances soon.

SB x

The Tallest Horse On Earth trots up to Bristol on Monday (24th June) for a three-night run at The Wardrobe Theatre (24th, 26th, 27th), the last shows of this spring tour. The show will return though, with seventeen dates booked in for the autumn so far, including a four-night run in Aberdeen! More information on our shows page.

Following on from Bristol, we’re heading down to Glastonbury on Friday for three days of frolics with our French Postmen. Come see us if you’re there.

We’ll have news of two brand new shows we have planned for next year in the coming weeks, keep your eyes peeled.


This Saturday at The Ritz, Penzance, Silly Boys welcome the brilliantly funny Rob Auton with his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe 2012 hit The Yellow Show.

Support on the night will come from our very own, Underdog, bringing their usual shambolic mixture of poetry, music and bickering to the stage. Tickets just £5, available from The Lost & Found, Steckfensters and Kelvin’s Bookshop on Chapel Street, Penzance. Check out Rob’s recent appearance on Channel 4′s Random Acts below.

Rob Auton Yellow from Mark Chaudoir Films on Vimeo.



On Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June 2013, Silly Boys will be invading The Poly in Falmouth, with our very own Silent Film Club performing a completely new live soundtrack to Lotte Reiniger’s classic THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED for two nights only. Tickets can be purchased in advance, which is recommended after the sell-out success of their previous effort, Buster Keaton’s STEAMBOAT BILL JR. Tickets.

As well as this, on Saturday 1st June we’re offering other musicians the chance to sign up for a crash course in music for silent film with the gang themselves. There’s a little bit more info about it below.


Want to know how we go about sound-tracking a silent film? What instruments we use? Where we get our inspiration?

Come along to this two-hour course in silent film music composition. Meet the team, learn exercises, use our weird instruments and compose an original soundtrack to a silent film of your choice!

For people with a basic understanding in music, bring your instruments if you like.

Limited places available – not bookable ONLINE – telephone or call in to book. 01326 319461.

Courage by The Middle Ones from Grace Denton on Vimeo.

We’re bringing the brilliant Show and Tell production My Robot Heart down to The Acorn, Penzance on March 23rd 2013. Tickets.


Molly Naylor presents a warm, beguiling and poignant storytelling show with music from folky duo The Middle Ones.

Inspired by experiments about love using robots in Japan, Molly offers the tale of three generations, of one family and an impending wedding.

Together they explore the meanings of love and fear, and the relationship between the two.

Molly previously wrote the acclaimed live show (adapted for BBC Radio 4) Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You.

“Brave, funny, tough and beautiful writing” – The Guardian

“A funny, touching, sad and life affirming piece of theatre” – ★★★★ The Scotsman

“Hearteningly vivid and acutely observed ” – ★★★★ The Times

“This show sees theatre, live music and stand-up comedy in perfect harmony – never more one than the other – making it an ideal triptych of entertainment” – ★★★★ Metro

“Naylor’s writing contains some lovely, wry observations” – ★★★★ The Telegraph

“Wholly adorable charm and sneakily brilliant tunesmithery” – ★★★★ The Fly, on The Middle Ones

★★★★ Fest Mag | ★★★★★ Three Weeks | ★★★★ Broadway Baby

We’re incredibly excited abut this here at Silly Boys HQ. DO NOT MISS!