Fred the Puppet runs on a table into an oncoming storm

Meet Fred by Hijinx Theatre of Wales

September 27-29 (Thurs-Sat) | 8:00 pm
September 30 (Sunday) | 2:00 pm

Boston Center for the Arts
Plaza Theatre
539 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
Parking and Directions
Ticketing for this event is managed through Boston Theatre Scene. 

Meet Fred, a lovable puppet with an authentic British accent who just wants to get a job, meet a girl, and live a normal life like everyone else. Too bad the world wasn’t built with Fred in mind. When a trip to the Unemployment Office goes awry, things begin to spiral out of control. Will Fred have to fire one of his puppeteers? Will he meet an untimely end? Is there really no one out there who can help!?! This darkly comedic show, created by one of the world’s leading inclusive theater companies, is a biting satire of the bureaucratic and social hurdles commonly faced by people with disabilities.  

PG-13 Parental Advisory: Contains Puppet Profanity.

"A terrifically funny no-holds barred subversive satire." - Edinburgh Guide


Tickets may be purchased through or by calling 617-933-8600. Patrons may also visit the Calderwood Box Office at 527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116.

General Admission: $25
Reserved Center: $35
Puppet Showplace Members*: $19.50
Teen / Student: $15

*Due to ticketing arrangements at our partner venue, member comps may not be applied to this performance. We  apologize for any inconvenience! 

Fred the Puppet with Cloud over his Head

Hijinx Theatre, the remarkable company that brings us Meet Fred, is an internationally-touring inclusive theater ensemble from Wales made up of actors with and without learning disabilities. Their mission is to produce, pioneer, and promote inclusive performances locally, nationally, and internationally. The show was created in collaboration with Blind Summit, one of the UK’s preeminent puppetry troupes. Fred is a table-top style puppet skillfully animated by a team of 3 actor/puppeteers.

The show explores the many parallels between the life of a puppet and the lives of the artists with disabilities who were central to the creative process. The interdependence that exists between Fred and his puppeteers mirrors the situation that many people who utilize social benefits and support services face in their everyday lives. The show walks a masterful line between witty entertainment and moving social commentary. Audiences around the world have fallen in love with the irascible Fred and his team of puppeteers. The show provokes laughter, rage, and empathy. We promise you’ll never look at disability...or puppets... the same way again.  

Get Involved!

This is the first time Hijinx Theatre has appeared in the United States.  This performance is part of a multi-state tour involving our partners Sandglass Theater (VT), Flock Theatre (CT), and Worcester State University (MA). We welcome additional partner organizations, especially those who serve people with disabilities and/or who are interested in arts, education, and inclusion. To get involved, please contact Artistic Director Roxie Myhrum,


This presentation is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions program.