​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!



 

 

 

"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

 

 

“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

"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

 

 

"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

 

 

Summer Performance Dates

2020... Not quite going as planned

Well, another busy year for Squashbox Theatre was beckoning, and then... a global pandemic comes along and ruins it for everybody.

Like many people in the arts, I am struggling with cancelled work and the closure of venues, but I will still be performing a few shows over the summer at outdoor venues such as the Minack.

 

Hopefully, things will start to look up soon, and I'm

still aware of how lucky I am compared to the thousands of people who have fallen ill or

died from this horrible virus. 

Take care and stay safe.

Weds 22nd July   

10.30am  & 12.30pm   -   Tales from the Trees

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

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

Mon 27th July   

10.30am  & 12.30pm    -   Tales from the Trees

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

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

Weds 29th July   

10.30am  & 12.30pm    -    Tales from the Trees

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

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

Mon 3rd Aug   

10.30am  & 12.30pm    -    The Sea Show

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

http://minackprod.tincan.co.uk/whats-on/storytelling-sea-show

Tues 4th Aug   2pm   -   Stones and Bones

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

http://www.stertstickets.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=137

Weds 5th Aug   

10.30am  & 12.30pm    -    Skillywidden

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

http://minackprod.tincan.co.uk/whats-on/storytelling-skillywidden

Sat 8th Aug   1pm & 3pm  -  Tales from the Trees

Stirchley Chimney, Town Park, Telford, Shropshire

http://theplacetelford.com/whats-on/family/tales-from-the-trees/4400#details

Mon 10th Aug   

10.30am  & 12.30pm    -    The Sea Show

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

http://minackprod.tincan.co.uk/whats-on/storytelling-sea-show

Weds 12th Aug   

10.30am  & 12.30pm    -    Skillywidden

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

http://minackprod.tincan.co.uk/whats-on/storytelling-skillywidden

Thurs 13th Aug   2pm   -   Curious Creatures

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

http://www.stertstickets.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=135

Mon 17th Aug   

10.30am  & 12.30pm    -    The Sea Show

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

http://minackprod.tincan.co.uk/whats-on/storytelling-sea-show

Tues 18th Aug  2pm   -   Myths and Monsters

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

http://www.stertstickets.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=53

Weds 19th Aug   

10.30am  & 12.30pm    -    Skillywidden

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

http://minackprod.tincan.co.uk/whats-on/storytelling-skillywidden

 

Thurs 20th Aug   2pm   -   Universarama!

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

http://www.stertstickets.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=223

Mon 24th Aug   

10.30am  & 12.30pm   -    The Sea Show

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

http://minackprod.tincan.co.uk/whats-on/storytelling-sea-show

Tues 25th Aug   2pm   -   Tales from the Trees

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

http://www.stertstickets.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=214

Weds 26th Aug   

10.30am  & 12.30pm   -   Skillywidden

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

http://minackprod.tincan.co.uk/whats-on/storytelling-skillywidden

Mon 31st Aug   

10.30am  & 12.30pm   -   The Sea Show

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

http://minackprod.tincan.co.uk/whats-on/storytelling-sea-show

Weds 2nd Sept   

10.30am  & 12.30pm    -   Skillywidden

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

http://minackprod.tincan.co.uk/whats-on/storytelling-skillywidden

Watch Out! 'Stones and Bones'