The Iron Man

By Ted Hughes, adapted by Paul Sirett, directed by Amit Sharma
  • The Latest 7 "The fable’s beauty became all the more magical for its scenery, massive puppets and setting."
  • British Theatre Guide "All the design and creative team show a real understanding of how the simple and the very complex can work together to great dramatic effect, especially with an ensemble of talented performers and not least the dramatic and atmospheric music." Read more...

The Iron Man returns to crunch and clank his way to some of the UK’s top outdoor festivals this summer. A talented cast of D/deaf and disabled actors and musicians come together under the direction of Amit Sharma to re-create one of the greatest modern-day fables in an adaptation that spans generations and leaves audiences enthralled.

The unexpected arrival of the towering Iron Man casts a shadow of fear across a small farm community. However, when an enormous dragon from outer space threatens to annihilate the planet, the Iron Man comes to the rescue. Ted Hughes’ classic modern fable is brought to life through a colossal iron puppet, live and recorded soundscapes and a compelling mix of words, sign language and audio description.

Originally commissioned by Without Walls and Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Winner of the Latest 7 Award for Best Children’s Show at The Brighton Festival 2011 and three NNFEST Children Choice Awards, at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2011.

BSL Interpretation


All performances include audio description and BSL interpretation.

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  • Performer
    Stephen Collins
  • Performer
    Melissa John
  • Performer
    Thom Jackson
  • Performer
    Dayo Koleosho
  • Performance Interpreter
    Jude Mahon
  • Audio describer
    Wayne 'Pickles' Norman
  • Trumpet/Keyboards
    Sean Chandler
  • Percussion
    Chris Preece
  • Writer — Ted Hughes
  • Adaptor — Paul Sirett
  • Director — Amit Sharma
  • Designer — Sofie Layton
  • Composer & Sound Designer — Lewis Gibson