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Meet Fred by Hijinx Theatre of Wales

U.S. PREMIERE - NEW ENGLAND TOUR
September 27-29 (Thurs-Sat) | 8:00 pm
September 30 (Sunday) | 2:00 pm
Sunday’s performance will be ASL interpreted

LOCATION: 
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

Tickets may be purchased through www.BostonTheatreScene.com 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
 Student / Teen : $15

*Member comps may not be applied to this performance. We  apologize for any inconvenience! 

Additional Events

Post-Show Conversation with Nolan James Tierce, Actor
Friday September 28 (following the 8:00pm performance)
Nolan James Tierce, a Boston-based actor with Down Syndrome, recently performed as Arthur Miller’s son Daniel in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Fall.

From Inclusion to Unity: A Master Class with Hijinx Theatre
For Arts Educators, Service Providers, and Cultural Sector Leaders
Saturday September 29, 3:30 - 6:00pm
Cost: FREE!
BCA Plaza Theatre
Learn More / Register

Post-Show Conversation with Nick Gallop, Coordinator of Adult Services, AANE
Sunday September 30, 3:30 pm (following the 2:00 performance)
The Asperger Autism Network works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives. 

About the Artists

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 cast includes two performers with Asperger’s and one with Down Syndrome.

Meet Fred was created during the overhaul of the British social benefits system, when many of the cast members were experiencing bureaucratic upheaval in the social support systems that allowed them to thrive. The interdependence that exists between Fred and his puppeteers mirrors the situation faced by many people who utilize social benefits and support services. 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.  

Fred the Puppet runs on a table into an oncoming storm

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 and the Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival (VT), Flock Theatre and Mitchell College (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, artistic@puppetshowplace.org.

Community Partners

Thank you to our community partners! Click the logo to learn more about their work.

Funders and Sponsors

This presentation is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.