Leaf by Niggle by JRR Tolkien

Written by JRR Tolkien
Created by Puppet State Theatre Company
Music and Sound by Karine Polwart and Michael John McCarthy

“enchanting one man show” ★★★★ The Guardian

Tour dates September – November 2017 – visit Puppet State Theatre company website

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.

Leaf by Niggle toured across Scotland from April to June 2016, culminating in performances throughout August at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of the Made in Scotland showcase.

“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.

Creative Team:
Performer – Richard Medrington
Designer – Ailie Cohen
Director – Andy Cannon
Music – Karine Polwart
Sound design – MJ McCarthy
Education – Elspeth Murray
Producer – Alice McGrath

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