LEAF BY NIGGLE is touring in autumn 2017. For enquiries please contact Alice McGrath at Red Bridge Arts.

“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


JRR Tolkien’s Leaf By Niggle

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.

 
 
Past Performances

  • Didcot, Cornerstone Arts Centre
    25th Nov 2017
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  • Hemel Hempstead, Old Town Hall
    24th Nov 2017
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  • London, Arts Depot
    23rd Nov 2017
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  • Canterbury, Marlowe Studio
    22nd Nov 2017
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  • Margate, Theatre Royal
    21st Nov 2017
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  • Cambridge, Mumford Theatre
    18th Nov 2017
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  • Cranleigh, Cranleigh Arts Centre
    17th Nov 2017
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  • Luton, Luton Hat Factory
    16th Nov 2017
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  • Norwich, Norwich Puppet Theatre
    15th Nov 2017
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  • Farnham, The Maltings
    12th Nov 2017
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  • Bridport, Lyric Theatre
    11th Nov 2017
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  • Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre
    10th Nov 2017
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  • Gravesend, The Woodville
    8th Nov 2017
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  • Edinburgh, Dreghorn Loan Hall, Colinton
    28th Oct 2017
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  • Brecon, Theatr Brycheiniog
    11th Oct 2017
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  • Newport, Riverfront Studio
    10th Oct 2017
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  • Blackwood, Blackwood Miners Institute
    7th Oct 2017
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  • Cardiff, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
    6th Oct 2017
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  • Pontardawe, Arts Centre
    5th Oct 2017
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  • Arnside, Educational Institute
    1st Oct 2017
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  • Wreay, Village Hall
    30th Sep 2017
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  • Amble, Parish Hall
    29th Sep 2017
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  • Kirkby Stephen, Sports & Social Club
    28th Sep 2017
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  • Edinburgh, The Scottish Storytelling Centre
    4th Aug 2017
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  • Edinburgh, Scottish Storytelling Centre
    4th Aug 2016
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  • Findhorn, Universal Hall
    30th Jul 2016
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  • Glasgow, Govan Old Parish Church
    12th Jun 2016
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  • Peebles, Eastgate Theatre
    10th Jun 2016
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  • Banchory, Woodend Barn
    4th Jun 2016
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  • Inverness, Eden Court
    3rd Jun 2016
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  • New Galloway, CatStrand
    26th May 2016
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  • Dumfries, Theatre Royal
    25th May 2016
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  • Dunfermline, Carnegie Hall
    20th May 2016
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  • Tobermory, Mull, Comar
    18th May 2016
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  • Kendal, The Brewery
    14th May 2016
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  • Cockermouth, The Kirkgate
    13th May 2016
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  • Livingston, Howden Park Centre
    8th May 2016
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  • Glasgow, The Tron
    29th Apr 2016
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  • Stirling, Macrobert Arts Centre
    23rd Apr 2016
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  • Edinburgh, Festival Theatre Studio
    14th Apr 2016
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Reviews & Acclaim

  • ★★★★
    there is unhurried story-telling that brings a wistful charm to complex issues of truth, beauty, duty and creative aspiration…
    - The Herald (See full review)


  • - Polish Tolkien Society (See full review)