Animal Farm

Puppetry Designer and Director
UK Tour – 2022

“Superbly done. It will grip children and adults alike.”
Sunday Times

“Powerful theatre, oinkingly recommended.”
Mail On Sunday

“Exhilarating spectacle, imagination, energy, and the absolute glory of puppetry.

The Guardian

“Toby Olié’s puppets look magnificent.”
The Times

“A piece of theatrical magic.”
Black Country Radio


The Hartlepool Monkey

Co-Director & Puppet Co-Designer
UK Tour – 2017


“Highly skilful, slick and unsettling. The monkey naturally becomes the star of the show. The puppetry is deft and detailed.”
The Stage


“The monkey is oddly, heartbreakingly human; it is the humans who behave like animals.”
The Guardian


“I admit to having a tear in my eye and lump in my throat.”
Hartlepool Mail


“An often hectic, frequently funny and boldly theatrical presentation. It makes a strong case for tolerance and understanding.”
British Theatre Guide


“A sparkling production, combining the fascination of a myth and a strong message for the present. Gyre & Gimble show that puppetry is an evocative way to open minds no matter the age.”
Disclaimer Magazine


Running Wild

Puppetry Co-Designer and Co-Director
UK Tour – 2017


“The animals enchant. The puppetry is extraordinary and the reason to see this show. They are life-sized works of art.”

The Times


“It’s all about the elephant in this visually stunning production…the life-like attention to detail is so believable, it’s hard to remember Oona is not one being but four actors, skilfully co-ordinating her every move.”

Chichester Observer


“The puppetry is sumptuous. Not merely the puppets themselves but the forensic understanding of every nuanced movement which defines the animals they are depicting.”

West Sussex County Times


“Superb skill and such artistry it is easy to suspend disbelief and feel the puppet animals which dominate the stage are indeed real.
The amount of puppetry here rivals War Horse – but here we get a giant elephant, tiger, crocodile, orang-utans  fish and butterflies – it’s a sheer delight.”

Birmingham Mail