Leaf by Niggle
Written by JRR Tolkien
Created by Puppet State Theatre Company
Soundtrack by Karine Polwart
“enchanting one man show” ★★★★ The Guardian
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 and heirlooms, Richard Medrington (Jean from The Man Who Planted Trees) recounts Tolkien’s miniature masterpiece, with soundtrack by Karine Polwart and Michael John McCarthy.
“Tolkien’s lord of small things … enchanting one-man show” ★★★★ Guardian.
“exquisite … so beautifully told … completely seductive” ★★★★ Scotsman.
“intricately layered telling of Tolkien’s short story.” ★★★★ The Stage.
“Absence of orcs can’t spoil this wizard show.” ★★★★ The Times.
“vividly evocative soundscore by Karine Polwart” ★★★★ The Herald.
“shines with style.” ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide.
“a salve on the soul” ★★★★ The List.
“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.
“If you use even a tiny amount of your imagination, a picture forms in your head and then, a story starts forming too. I really really loved it. I would give it 5 stars.” ★★★★★ All Edinburgh Theatre, Junior Review
With thanks to the Tolkien Trust.
Performer – Richard Medrington
Designer – Ailie Cohen
Director – Andy Cannon
Music – Karine Polwart
Sound design – MJ McCarthy
Education – Elspeth Murray
Producer – Alice McGrath