"Intelligent comedy and deliciously humorous verse kept the young audience enthralled, but not scared.

Witty & dark-humoured, a highly original show."

Edinburgh Fringe Review


"An excellent performance."

Buxton Fringe Review

Sticky Ends is an energetic, funny and often surreal improv show for family or school audiences that riffs of the form of cautionary tales.

Its intention is to make an absolute mockery of the tradition of heavy moralising that features so much in children’s theatre.


The show’s length is flexible; it can be between 30-60 minutes depending on requirements. It can be pure improv from audience suggestions or include a mix of pre-rehearsed stories and songs also in the cautionary tale format.


The show has exciting and playful opportunities for audience participation throughout, and the show culminates in an improvised song.


Our favourite improvised story to date remains a story called: Don't Throw Yoghurt On The Dog.


​​Sticky Ends is low-tech show that fits into any space, making it a perfect for community events, festivals & fairs as well as libraries and schools, where it can be combined with an engaging story-making or theatre improv workshop adaptable to both primary and secondary school students.

Sticky Ends was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2000, was revised for the Buxton Fringe in 2017 and toured until 2019.

It is being revived again, like Frankenstein's monster, for The Hardy Har, Dorset Comedy Festival and ROOT Festival in 2024.


Boiling Wells Amphitheatre

Boiling Wells Road
Bristol BS2 9XY


Sat 27 July

Shows at 11am / 2.30pm

Dorchester Arts

High East St,
Dorchester DT1 1HF


Sat 13 July

Show at 11am
Storymaking workshop at 2pm

"Lego on the Floor"

A song in the spirit of Sticky Ends warning against the hazards of a messy bedroom

Audience Reviews


"All four of us loved it! Engaging, imaginative and hilariously funny!"

Audience Member, Fringe TheatreFest


"Sticky Ends was absolutely fantastic!

Great audience participation and hilarious.

Very well done!  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"

Audience Member, Fringe TheatreFest

Tour Dates 2000-2019

6th-7th July 2019

Shaftesbury Arts Centre

Part of Shaftesbury Fringe


14th July & 16th July 2018

Little Theatre, Wells

Part of Wells Theatre Festival

9th Feb 2019

St George Library

Part of St George Art Trail


10th August 2018

Creative Workspace

3rd June 2018

Bath Theatre Bus

Part of Bath Fringe


11th August 2018

Children's World Family Festival

28th-30th June 2018

Baptist Hall, Barnstaple

Part of Fringe TheatreFest


16th-17th July 2017

Little Theatre, Wells

Part of Wells Theatre Festival

7th-8th July 2018

Priddy Folk Festival

August 2000

Edinburgh Fringe Festival