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Who Am I?

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​Glad you asked. I am an experienced actor, puppeteer and musician based in Penzance. I have a friendly and informal performance style, deft improvisational skills and a gently subversive sense of humour - which delights adults as well as children.

From 1999 - 2017 I was a member of Cornwall’s renowned Kneehigh Theatre, performing in major national and international tours such as Tristan & Yseult, Cymbeline, Don John, A Matter Of Life And Death and The Bacchae, as well as small-scale village hall shows, including directing and acting in Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am currently a member of The Minack Theatre Company, recently appearing in The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, The Railway Children and The Secret Garden.

I also appeared in Alaska from Blackfish Theatre, One Darke Night from o-region theatre, the film Tin (dir. Bill Scott) and the short Cornish language films An Jowl Yn Agas Kegin (dir.Brett Harvey) and KoninHa Pryv (dir. Laura Hardman). I have also created and directed several theatre performances for The Eden Project, Cornwall.

 

I spent many years as a professional street performer, appearing at The Millennium Dome, Glastonbury Festival, Manchester Street Arts Festival, Leeds Streets Ahead, Cowes Week Isle of Wight and festivals in Holland, Belgium and the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My aim with Squashbox Theatre is to create shows that are funny, friendly, surprising, inspiring, unusual,  informative (and a little bit mischievous!), and which use traditional puppetry and storytelling skills in an exciting and innovative way. (And did I mention funny?)

All Squashbox performances celebrate nature, science, generosity, tolerance and diversity, employing a wholly secular view of this astounding and beautiful world around us.

 

 

 

Hello there!

Welcome to the ingenious, ridiculous, inspiring, surprising, comical, musical, educational, ecological world of Squashbox Theatre.

My name is Craig Johnson and I am a performer, musician and puppeteer living in Penzance, Cornwall.

As a solo artist I perform under the name Squashbox Theatre, creating marvellous, quirky and inventive shows incorporating puppetry, storytelling, natural history, live music and comedy.

 

I created Squashbox Theatre in 2007 with the aim of providing quality entertainment for children and families in Cornwall. Since then my shows (The Sea Show, Skillywidden, Stones And Bones, Curious Creatures, Tales from the Trees, Myths and Monsters, The Christmassy Christmas Show, Shivers and Shadows and Journey to the Stars) have been performed at schools, theatres, festivals and events from Cornwall to Kendal and from Exeter to Essex, including TEN sell-out summer seasons at the famous Minack Theatre near Land’s End.

Book now for your theatre, arts centre, school, festival, village hall or event!



 

 

 

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“Johnson's natural rapport and good humoured fun with the young people make this an absolute celebration of all that is good about theatre for children.”

Petra Schofield, Whatsonstage.com

"Craig's success lies in the fact that he talks to, rather than at, his young audience while involving them in the action as far as he possibly can, and he does it all with a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious. An engaging entertainer to be treasured."

Frank Ruhrmund, The Cornishman newspaper

 

 

"Craig Johnson is a consummate actor of rare skills. Totally at ease with his audience - adult and child alike - he combines an innate understanding and delight in storytelling with fantastic comic and musical skill."

Mike Shepherd, Founder and Company Director Kneehigh Theatre

 

 

"Just the right balance of humour, fun, wit and education. Keep up the excellent work, you are a true talent and the kids really appreciate you"

Audience feedback, Minack Theatre

 

 

News
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Summer News
 

2024 PERFORMANCE DATES BELOW!! (Scroll down)

2024 
Dates (so far!)

'Squashbox Songs'

Volume Two is here:

'MORE Squashbox Songs!'

FINALLY, IT'S HERE! The long-awaited second volume of songs and music from Squashbox Theatre!

Seven amazing tracks, including 'The Gods of Ancient Greece' from Myths and Monsters, 'Quietly Saving the World' from Tales from the Trees and 'Shiver and Scream' from my Halloween show Shivers and Shadows.

Plus another four never-heard-before tracks designed to get you tapping your toes and humming along.

Download the whole EP for only £6.00 here

Sun 14th July

2pm  -  Tales from the Trees

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://penleeparktheatre.com/events/tales-from-the-trees-140724m/

Sat 20th July

2pm & 4pm  -  Wonderful World

Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, Cornwall

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/intobodmin/t-yakdjvd (2pm)

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/intobodmin/t-nogyper (4pm)

Sun 21st July

2pm  -  Myths and Monsters

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://penleeparktheatre.com/events/myths-and-monsters-210724m/

Mon 22nd July

4pm  -  Wonderful World

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/wonderful-world

Weds 24th July

4pm  -  Wonderful World

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/wonderful-world

Fri 26th July

2pm  -  Myths and Monsters

Broadmayne Village Hall, Dorset

https://artsreach.co.uk/event/myths-and-monsters#instances

 

Sat 27th July

10.30am  -  Myths and Monsters

Langton Matravers Village Hall, Dorset

https://artsreach.co.uk/event/myths-and-monsters#instances

Sun 28th July

2pm  -  Skillywidden

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://penleeparktheatre.com/events/skillywidden-280724m/

 

Mon 29th July

4pm  -  Wonderful World

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/wonderful-world

Weds 31st July

4pm  -  Wonderful World

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/wonderful-world

 

Fri 2nd Aug

11.30am  -  The Sea Show

‘Fun Fridays’, Town Centre, Camborne, Cornwall

https://www.cambornetown.com/whats-on/

Sun 4th Aug

2pm  -  Stones and Bones

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://penleeparktheatre.com/events/stones-bones-040824m/

 

Mon 5th Aug

4pm  -  Wonderful World

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/wonderful-world

Weds 7th Aug

4pm  -  Wonderful World

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/wonderful-world

Thurs 8th Aug

2pm  -  Stones and Bones

Bridport Millenium Green, Bridport, Dorset

https://www.bridport-arts.com/event/stones-and-bones-squashbox-theatre/

 

Fri 9th Aug

11.30am  -  Tales from the Trees

Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith, Cornwall

https://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/events/family-events/squashbox-tales-from-the-trees-2024

Sat 10th Aug

2.30pm  -  Journey to the Stars

Coronation Park, Helston, Cornwall

https://www.theoldcattlemarket.co.uk/coronation-park/

 

Sun 11th Aug

2pm  -  Wonderful World

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://penleeparktheatre.com/events/wonderful-world-110824m/

 

Mon 12th Aug

4pm  -  Tales from the Trees

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/tales-trees-0

Tues 13th Aug

2pm  -  Wonderful World

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

https://tickets.sterts.co.uk/sales/events/wonderful-world---squashbox

Weds 14th Aug

4pm  -  Tales from the Trees

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/tales-trees-0

Fri 16th Aug

11.30am  -  Wonderful World

Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith, Cornwall

https://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/events/family-events/squashbox-wonderful-world-2024

 

Sat 17th Aug

2pm  -  Journey to the Stars

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://penleeparktheatre.com/events/journey-to-the-stars-170824m/

 

Sun 18th Aug

2pm  -  The Sea Show

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://penleeparktheatre.com/events/the-sea-show-180824m/

 

Mon 19th Aug

4pm  -  Tales from the Trees

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/tales-trees-0

Tues 20th Aug

2.30pm  -  Wonderful World

Coronation Park, Helston, Cornwall

https://www.theoldcattlemarket.co.uk/wonderful-world/

 

Weds 21st Aug

4pm  -  Tales from the Trees

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/tales-trees-0

Thurs 22nd Aug

2pm  -  Skillywidden

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

https://tickets.sterts.co.uk/sales/events/skillywidden---squashbox

 

Fri 23rd Aug

11.30am  -  The Sea Show

Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith, Cornwall

https://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/events/family-events/squashbox-the-sea-show-2024

Sun 25th Aug

2pm  -  Curious Creatures

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://penleeparktheatre.com/events/curious-creatures-250824m/

 

Mon 26th Aug

4pm  -  Tales from the Trees

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/tales-trees-0

Tues 27th Aug

2pm  -  Curious Creatures

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

https://tickets.sterts.co.uk/sales/events/curious-creatures---squashbox

 

Weds 28th Aug

4pm  -  Tales from the Trees

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/tales-trees-0

Thurs 29th Aug

2pm  -  Journey to the Stars

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

https://tickets.sterts.co.uk/sales/events/journey-to-the-stars---squashb

Fri 30th Aug

11.30am  -  Skillywidden

Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith, Cornwall

https://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/events/family-events/squashbox-skillywidden-2024

Sun 8th Sept

4pm  -  The Sea Show

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/

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