Fup: A Modern Fable

Fup: A Modern Fable

"With live music, big earthy performances and heart-melting puppetry,
this comedy has a joyous, celebratory fizz and a piercing melancholy"
 The Times


Kneehigh and o-region present

Fup: A Modern Fable

Based on the novel by Jim Dodge
Adapted & directed by Simon Harvey


The Santee family are unconventional, to say the least.

One hundred year old Grandaddy Jake and his enormous grandson Tiny live life on the fringes, drinking whiskey, building fences, boasting of immortality. But then, Fup arrives – an ass-kicking, web-footed, feathery sonofagun. See, Fup is a duck. A very big duck. A very big duck indeed... And she is going to change their world forever.

Fup is a big-hearted, uproarious modern fable about family, love and nature set in a weird and wild Cornwall not so different from this one. Featuring live, foot-stomping music, quacking puppetry and Kneehigh’s infamous eccentricity and charm, Fup is a story like no other.



Suitable for adults, teenagers and adventurous children over the age of 10.
The performance on Tuesday 11 September will be BSL interpreted by Debbie Harvey.

Running time: 130 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.


The Asylum is back in a new site at The Lost Gardens of Heligan and plans are afoot to create the ultimate night out! This year it’s all about breaking the rules with style, with pop-up shows, surprise acts and spontaneous events invigorating a season of world-class theatre and epic live music. The Asylum will run from 2 August until 22 September. Find out more on our Asylum page or book your tickets via Hall for Cornwall.

The Address for the Asylum is: The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN 


Directed by   Simon Harvey
Music composed by   Ben Sutcliffe
Designer   Rosanna Vize
Lighting Designer   Malcolm Rippeth
Sound Designer   Andy Graham
Puppet Director   Sarah Wright

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