Puppet State Theatre Company presents JRR Tolkien's
Leaf By Niggle

29th - 30th April 2016

"Exquisite ... so beautifully told ... completely seductive"  **** The Scotsman

Niggle is a painter. Not a very successful one, partly because he has so many other things to do. For some time he has been obsessed with one particular canvas – a curious picture of a tree with a vast landscape stretching out behind it. The painting keeps getting bigger and bigger, but Niggle has a journey to make. He doesn’t want to go, but he cannot get out of it…

In 1939 Tolkien was despairing of ever bringing his great work The Lord of the Rings to a conclusion. One morning he woke up with Leaf by Niggle complete in his mind and wrote it down.  Surrounded by ladders, bicycles, easels and heirlooms, Richard Medrington (Jean from The Man Who Planted Trees) recounts Tolkien’s miniature masterpiece, with music specially composed by Karine Polwart.

Suitable for everyone aged ten and over.

By JRR Tolkien
Soundtrack by Karine Polwart and MJ McCarthy

With thanks to the Tolkien Trust
Image Credit: Iain Craig


“Intricately layered telling of Tolkien's short story.” **** The Stage

“Absence of orcs can't spoil this wizard show” ****  The Times.

An exceptional story teller … difficult to fault” ****  Young Perspectives

A simple but charming theatrical experience**** The Reviews Hub

"Rich and complex … universal and timeless" ****  TV Bomb

"Shines with style." ****  Edinburgh Guide

"Unhurried story-telling that brings a wistful charm to complex issues" **** The Herald

"A salve on the soul" ****  The List


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