Escape Was On everyone’s Mind: Puppet Show celebrating Jack Sheppard.


Come on down to this brilliant radical history puppet show…

Escape Was On Everyone’s Mind: The Tale of Jack Sheppard

Otherstory, a puppetry collective from Bristol, bring their table top paper theatre show Escape was on Everyone’s Mind – The Tale of Jack Sheppard to London’s East End from 19th to 21st May. It tells the story of the notorious 18th Century jailbreaker and popular local hero Jack Sheppard. 18th Century London, its raucous mobs, rapacious merchants and well-fed judges, are brought to vivid life on a table. The use of simple cut-out puppets and zigzagging set lead the audience through unexpected turns among the characters, institutions, and dodgy deals of a time of upheaval; a time with parallels to our own. Jumps in scale, audience participation and the textured use of sound and song add drama and depth to the story. A playful, political, visually stunning tale of daring and resistance.

Trevor Houghton from Otherstory commented: “We were inspired by the engravings of William Hogarth. We have taken on his picture-storytelling style: the vibrant detail, the satire, the use of one character’s story to map and critique a society on many levels; and we have attempted to translate this into puppetry. Jack’s story travelled worldwide – evolving with each generation. A prime reason for bringing this show to the East End is to reanimate this process by bringing the story to a new generation.”

View the trailer

Two members of Otherstory have recently trained with the Curious School of Puppetry, a ground breaking new puppetry course based in Bethnal Green.

Performances last 70 mins, suitable for adults and older children (10+) will be followed by a post-show discussion led by radical history group – Past Tense

Where to see it:

19th May – 7.15 pm. Cardboard Citizens
77a Greenfield Rd, E1 1EJ
£10 (£6 concessions)
to book go to

20th May – 7.15 pm. Brady Arts Centre
192-196 Hanbury St, E1 5HU
£10 (£6 concessions)
to book go to

21st May – 3.00 pm. Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives,
277 Bancroft Road, E1 4DQ
Special show for local residents
For more info on reserving places for this performance please phone 07501614256

22nd May – 7.15 pm – London Action Resource Centre (LARC)
62 Fieldgate St, London E1 1ES
For more info on this performance please phone 07501614256

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

There are a number of other performances around the country from May to July For further information contact: Trevor Houghton – Otherstory – 07501614256


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