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I founded Sea Legs in 2001 with the intention of producing high quality children’s puppet theatre. In order for me to meet this aim, I am ever grateful for the dedicated input of Sea Leg’s team of highly skilled artists and musicians. Their assistance in the many practical and creative challenges inherent in this diverse art form is invaluable. In fact without them Sea Legs would be little more than a dream…………and who knows what sort of mischief I’d be up to then?

To me puppetry and performance is a vocation and over the years it has become a labour of love. My guarantee to anyone who books a Sea Legs performance, is that every aspect of every production, has been crafted in order to create an experience that will stand out for its quality, innovation and fun. More than anything however, I pride myself on the fact that even the most low key performance is given the correct energy and focus to make it a truly magical experience.

Of course none of it would be possible without the incredible enthusiasm of the children and adults who are Sea Leg’s audience. I am constantly thrilled at your willingness to suspend your disbelief and enter into the magic. For all who have enjoyed a Sea Leg’s performance and for those yet to experience one, I thank you for your continued support and welcome you into the ancient and enchanting world of puppetry and storytelling.

Rob Ashman
Artistic Director

Read Rebecca Mascull’s Interview with Rob Ashman

 

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    "Sea Legs' provides wonderful storytelling and puppetry. Entertaining both children and adults, I am always asked when they will be back. I cannot speak highly enough of the company and their skills!" - Nikki Small, Deputy General Manager, Farnham Maltings.

    "We were blown away by your performance of The Selfish Giant - so beautiful, haunting, uplifting and special. Lots of the parents have been singing your praises. Thank you for giving us one birthday party we will remember forever!" - Jo Pilkington, Parent, Herefordshire

    "Our audiences can’t get enough of Sea Legs’ shows. They love the beautifully crafted puppets, the lively, inventive storytelling, the colourful sets, the humour and occasional silliness. Younger children especially love being able to ‘meet the puppets’ after the show – and it’s a great pleasure as a theatre programmer to work with someone who’s so easy to deal with!" - Kitty Parker, Roundhouse Administrator, Nottingham Playhouse.

    "I Just wanted to say thank you for the most amazing day today - can't thank you enough. All of the children from pre-school right up were inspired and amazed by your production of The Ugly Duckling!" - Rachel Hughes, Year 1 Teacher, Glenfall Community Primary School, Cheltenham.

    "Little Bo Peep was absolutely excellent - the best children's show we've seen by far. Brilliantly engaging and well told." - Mrs Warrior, Audience Member, ARC, Stockton Arts Centre.

    "All the Sea Legs shows we have seen, have been of a consistently high standard. The children are thoroughly engaged from the onset and entranced by the storytelling. I would highly recommend Sea Legs shows to any school." - Coleen Wilkins, Headteacher, Falconer's Hill Infant School, Daventry.

    "Rarely do I bother to review anything but I felt I had to in this instance...My 4 year old son was totally mesmerised by The Selfish Giant show from start to finish and I love the idea that you simply tell a lovely, meaningful story in an old fashioned fun way. I really hope you come our way again as we would be the first to book in to see you, but for now we have our cd which my son played over and over back at home! - Heidi Azarpour, Audience Member, Stafford Gatehouse.

    "Sea Legs' performances are consistently magical and accessible. Rob connects effortlessly with the audience and has a wonderful way of bringing stories to life!" - Gemma Aston, Director, Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton on Thames.

    "Thank you for an amazing Little Bo Peep show today. Our daughter was absolutely over the moon, and I'm sure will remember her 5th birthday forever!" - Mark Schottlander, Parent, London.

    "We enjoy Sea Legs' shows for the high quality of story telling but also the exceptional puppets, sets and imagination that goes into each production. As a grown up its lovely to take my daughter to something I know I will enjoy as much as her. We look forward to the next time you come to Nottingham." - Tamsin Peach, Audience Member, Nottingham Playhouse.

    "It was a joy to watch my son and his friend enthralled by your show, Little Bo Peep! - We're looking forward to coming to see your next one." - Rachel Collins, Audience Member, Winchester Discovery Centre.

    "An enthralling experience for all and a great introduction to live theatre for very young children." - A. Taylor, Headteacher, St Mary's Primary School, Fownhope, Hereford.

    "Little Bo Peep was an excellent and very positive experience for our pre-school children. The attention to detail was amazing! I have no hesitation in recommending this show to other pre-schools." - Mrs Alice Bennett, Centre Leader, Madresfield Early Years Centre, Malvern, (Judged Best Nursery in the UK 2012 by NDNA)

    “We always look forward to Sea Legs' performances at Square Chapel as they are always hiqh quality and popular with schools and family audiences alike. The puppets are beautiful and it is always a treat for children to meet them at the end.” Michaela O'Sullivan, Education & Outreach Manager, Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax.

    "Many thanks for the beautiful production of the Ugly Duckling we enjoyed at the Hive the other day. I had hoped my five and two year old would make it through the tale and it wouldn't be too stressful for me trying to keep them sitting down. As it was, we were absolutely captivated by a magical and moving performance; it was an hour of blissful escapism for myself (tinted with bittersweet nostalgia) as well as being beautiful entertainment for the children." - Camila Stewart, Audience Member, The Hive, Shrewsbury.

    "A fantastic, moving and inspirational performance - Thank you so much and please let us know when you have a new production." - Janette Hinch, Deputy Headteacher, Harewood Infant School, Gloucester.

    "Absolutely spellbinding! Stunning costumes and puppets and exquisite mastery of voice and movement. True storytelling!" - Lucy White, Audience Member, Malvern Theatres.