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Welcome!
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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 Universarama!) 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!



 

 

 

“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
 

Squashbox Theatre is back!

For the past several months I have been Touring the UK in Wise Children’s production of ‘Wuthering Heights’, playing at venues such as Bristol Old Vic, York Theatre Royal, Brighton Festival, King’s Theatre Edinburgh and The National Theatre in London.

The tour is now over, and I’m excited to announce another summer of Squashbox silliness!

2022 SUMMER PERFORMANCE DATES BELOW!!!

'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

Summer Dates 2022

Sun 26th June  2pm  -  The Sea Show

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://www.penleeparktheatre.com/the-sea-show/

Sun 3rd July  2pm  -  Tales from the Trees

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://www.penleeparktheatre.com/tales-from-the-trees/

Sat 9th July  2pm  -  Universarama!

Launceston Town Hall, Launceston, Cornwall

https://allevents.in/launceston/squashbox-theatre-universarama/200022679974508

 

Mon 18th July  4pm  -  Stones and Bones

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/performances_modal/96201

Weds 20th July  4pm  -  Stones and Bones

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/performances_modal/96201

Mon 25th July  4pm  -  Stones and Bones

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/performances_modal/96201

Weds 27th July  4pm  -  Stones and Bones

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/performances_modal/96201

Sat 30th July  11am & 2pm -  Myths and Monsters

Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole, Dorset

https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/whats-on/2022/squashbox-theatre-myths-and-monsters/

Sun 31st July  2.30pm  -  The Sea Show

Killacourt, Newquay, Cornwall

https://www.visitnewquay.org/whats-on/searchresults?sr=1&rd=on&anydate=yes

Mon 1st Aug  4pm  -  Stones and Bones

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/performances_modal/96201

Weds 3rd Aug  4pm  -  Stones and Bones

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/performances_modal/96201

Thurs 4th July  2pm  -  Curious Creatures

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://www.penleeparktheatre.com/curious-creatures/

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Mon 8th Aug  4pm  -  Stones and Bones

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/performances_modal/96201

Tues 9th Aug  2pm  -  Curious Creatures

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard, Cornwall

https://tickets.sterts.co.uk/sales/genres/family/curious-creatures---squashbox-/ticket

Weds 10th Aug  4pm  -  Stones and Bones

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/performances_modal/96201

Fri 12th Aug  2pm  -  The Sea Show

Heartlands, Pool, Cornwall

https://www.heartlandscornwall.com/squashbox-theatre-presents-the-sea-show/

Sat 13th Aug      -   Stones and Bones

St Endellion Church, St Endellion, Port Isaac, Cornwall

https://thelittleboxoffice.com/endelienta/event/view/157190

Sun 14th Aug  2pm  -  Stones and Bones

Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://www.penleeparktheatre.com/stones-bones/

 

MORE DATES COMING SOON!!!

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