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JRR Tolkien’s Leaf By Niggle will premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre Studio from Thu 14 to Sat 16 Apr followed by Sat 23 Apr at Macrobert Arts Playhouse, Stirling and Fri 29 & Sat 30 Apr at Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

Dates in May and June include:
Sun 8 May Howden Park, Livingston.
Fri 13 May The Kirkgate, Cockermouth.
Sat 14 May Brewery Arts, Kendall.
Fri 20 May Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Wed 25 May Theatre Royal, Dumfries
Thu 26 May CatStrand, New Galloway
Fri 3 Jun Eden Court, Inverness
Sat 4 Jun Woodend Barn, Banchory
Fri 10 Jun Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

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 ...

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 the story Leaf by Niggle complete in his mind and wrote it down. This poignant story, about an artist on a curious journey, is often seen as an allegory of the writer's own creative process and life.

Surrounded by ladders, bicycles, easels and heirlooms, Richard Medrington (Jean from The Man Who Planted Trees) recounts Tolkien’s miniature masterpiece, with a soundtrack composed by Karine Polwart and Michael John McCarthy.

Interview With Dog

Admittedly, these audience members were talking in 2008 about this being the one show you should see “this year” but we feel their enthusiasm for The Man Who Planted Trees still speaks volumes in terms of our 2013 run.


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The Man Who Planted Trees Fringe 2013 Media Release

  THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES – MEDIA RELEASE – FRINGE 2013 Tue 30 Jul – Fri 16 Aug 3pm £10/£7.50 Scottish Storytelling Centre, Venue 30, 43-45 Royal Mile   Box office: 0131 556 9579 For adults and children 7+   Puppet State Theatre Company celebrated their 7th anniversary of touring this show in May 2013 after a 7-week, 52 date tour


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Auckland Arts Festival We performed in not one but two lovely venues, the Glen Eden Playhouse for our schools shows then at the Town Hall Concert Chamber for public performances at the weekend, including an extra show added on due to popular demand. The Auckland Arts Festival was resplendent with pink posters, fluttering poetry flags and abuzz



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23rd Apr 2016
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The Man Who Planted Trees has won:
1. Eco Prize for Creativity, 2007
2. Total Theatre Award for Story Theatre, 2008
3. Victor Award IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth) Showcase, Cleveland Ohio, 2009
4. Best Children’s Show at Brighton Fringe, 2009
5. Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Studio Performance, 2009
6. Highest rated and reviewed show of the 2012 Edinburgh Festivals at
7. Winner of the 2012 CSPA Sustainable Production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe