NEWS: Scratchworks return to Plymouth with ‘The Snow Beast’ this February half term

Barbican Theatre are thrilled to welcome Devon favourites Scratchworks Theatre Company back to their stage this February half term (14 – 17 February) with The Snow Beast; a captivating family friendly collision of storytelling, with an original score and live science experiments that will inspire young audiences to engage with the beauty of the unknown and the magic of the everyday.

In the snowy town of Seldomberg test tubes bubble, experiments explode and new inventions whirr at the annual science fair. With nothing but her mother’s old research book, her owl assistant Maude and her sense of adventure to help her, Faina sets off on an action packed exploration, encountering extraordinary spectacles and mountainous obstacles as they battle through the wild, wintry wilderness in search of the truth. Does The Snow Beast really exist? Can we separate stories from fact, or do they whirl together like snowflakes in a blizzard?             


Barbican Theatre’s Creative Producer, Dan Baker, says

 “Scratchworks have visited Barbican Theatre with their last two productions – Nel and Great Train Robbery – both of which have been incredibly popular. We’ve been supporting Scratchworks on the development of The Snow Beast since 2016 and we’re very excited to see how they have developed it. We’re sure families will love it this half term.  Barbican Theatre is committed to supporting new and emerging artists and we look forward to continuing this amazing working relationship.”


Scratchworks Theatre Company are a physical ensemble of four women who create playful, accessible theatre from scratch; Hanora Kamen, Sian Keen, Laura Doble and Alice Higginson. Their work collides modern issues with traditional storytelling techniques. After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, they received the ‘NSDF Fringe Award: Overall Body of Creative Work in 2013.

Charlie Parker is producing The Snow Beast and tells us

“This is Scratchworks Theatre’s first time collaborating with a writer, and we’ve been blown away by the contribution Jack Dean has brought to the process. We are thrilled to have the support of the Barbican Theatre and Arts Council England, which is also allowing us to work with incredible theatre designer Fi Russell who has brought our ideas beautifully to life. All of these exciting new collaborations and partnerships means this is set to be our most ambitious show yet”.


The Snow Beast will appears at Barbican Theatre on Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Friday 16, and Saturday 17 February at 3pm plus an additional 7:30pm on the Saturday.  Suitable for children aged 7+ the performance lasts around 90 minutes and includes an interval. Tickets cost £12 full and £10 concessions (under 16s, over 60s, students and disabled) plus buy a family of 3 ticket for £30 (max 2 adults) or a family of 4 ticket for £40 (max 2 adults) and are available via the Barbican Theatre website  by calling Barbican Theatre Box Office on 01752 267131 (Mon – Fri 11am – 6pm) or in person at the B-Bar.


Photo credit: Matt Austin