What Happened to You?
Family, Puppetry, Theatre
Read an interview with creator Nikki Charlesworth on integrating access into the performance.
What Happened to You? follows three raggedy puppets, who like their puppeteers, are just trying to get through the day. Ahead of them lies a mountain of challenges and they are forced to find creative ways to overcome their impassable surroundings.
This show explores our preconceptions about disability in a playful and humorous way, that is enjoyable for the whole family.
About What Happened to You?
What Happened to You? is a family production, featuring award-winning puppets. Designer Nikki Charlesworth challenges the fundamental laws of traditional puppetry creating puppets that move as she moves.
Follow Little Red, Noodles and Bo, three raggedy puppets, trying to get through the day. Ahead of them lies a mountain of challenges. They persevere, finding creative ways to overcome their impassable surroundings, confronting the prejudices disabled children face. This show highlights the importance of access and inclusion and promotes the endless opportunities once barriers are removed.
What Happened to You? features creative use of Audio Description, embedded into an original score and is BSL translated throughout.
About Nikki Charlesworth
Nikki Charlesworth is a Theatre Designer, Puppeteer/Puppet Maker and recently turned Animator, from Nottingham.
In her professional life Nikki has worked at the forefront of disability-led theatre-making, contributing to new, ground-breaking work in the sector, and advocating for accessible puppetry training opportunities. Nikki has worked for pioneering disability-led companies such as Graeae Theatre Company, and Circus company Extraordinary Bodies and in 2021 was announced as one of the winners of the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund, in association with TikTok.
Design credits: Self-designed and directed: What Happened to You? 2021 UK Tour and 2022 Canada Tour (Nikki Charlesworth Productions), The Steampunk Circus of Unkindness, 2022 Short Film and 2021 Regional Tour (Square Pegs Theatre Company), Splash! 2022 Short Film Animation and 2019 UK Tour (Extraordinary Bodies) and Maklena 2019 Ukraine Tour and 2018 UK Tour (Night Train Theatre Company).
Creative / Production credits:
Director and Designer: Nikki Charlesworth
Bryony McCombie Smith
Company Stage Managers:
Bryony McCombie Smith
Composer and Sound Designer: Oliver Vibrans
Puppetry Mentor: Seam Myatt
Dramaturgy Mentor: Laura Guthrie
Audio Description Consultant: Chloe Clarke
Audio Describer: Jane Ensell
BSL Consultation and translation:
BSL Creative Support
The original 2018 research and development team consisted of:
Puppeteers: Nikki Charlesworth, Rachel Leggett and Bryony McCombie Smith
Creative Advisor: Daryl Beeton
Puppetry Advisor: Sean Myatt
Composer: Oliver Vibrans
Funding, commissioning and partner credits:
Polka Theatre – PolkaLAB residency recipient.
In Good Company – Artist support fund recipient.
The New Wolsey Theatre Ipswitch – Testing Ground commission recipient.
Cast Theatre, Docaster – Host of scratch performance.
What Happened to You? is supported by Without Walls, further partners to be announced.