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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!



 

 

 

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"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

 

 

News

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'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 Performance Dates

Sat 17th July

Curious Creatures   -   11.30am & 3pm

Shepton Mallet, Somerset

https://www.makethesunshine.co.uk/shows

 

Sun 18th July

The Sea Show   -   2pm

Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://www.penleeparktheatre.com/product/

squashbox-theatre-the-sea-show/

Mon 19th July

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

 

Weds 21st July

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Sun 25th July

The Sea Show  -   2.30pm

St Austell Arts Centre, St Austell, Cornwall

http://www.staustellartstheatre.org.uk/whatson/?event_id1=1246

 

Mon 26th July

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Weds 28th July

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Thurs 29th July

Stones and Bones   -   2pm

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

http://www.stertstickets.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=207

Fri 30th July

Tales from the Trees   -   2pm

Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://www.penleeparktheatre.com/product/

squashbox-theatre-tales-from-the-trees/

Mon 2nd Aug

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Weds 4th Aug

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Sat 7th Aug

Curious Creatures  -  11am & 2pm

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales

https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/family/curious-creatures-squashbox

 

Sun 8th Aug

Curious Creatures  -   1pm & 3pm

The Place, Telford, Shropshire

https://www.theplacetelford.com/whats-on/family/curious-creatures/4473#tickets

Mon 9th Aug

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Weds 11th Aug

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

 

Thurs 12th Aug

Curious Creatures  -   2pm

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

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

Fri 13th Aug

Curious Creatures   -   2pm

Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://www.penleeparktheatre.com/product/

squashbox-theatre-curious-creatures/

 

Sat 14th Aug

Stones and Bones  -   2pm

The Lowry, Salford, Manchester

https://thelowry.com/whats-on/big-top-in-the-park-squashbox-theatre-stones-and-bones/

 

Sun 15th Aug

Stones and Bones  -   1pm & 3pm

The Place, Telford, Shropshire

https://www.theplacetelford.com/whats-on/family/stones-and-bones/4472/#details

 

Mon 16th Aug

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Tues 17th Aug

Tales from the Trees  -   2pm

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

http://www.stertstickets.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=137details.php?item_id=78

Weds 18th Aug

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Thurs 19th Aug

The Sea Show  -  11am & 2pm

Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey

https://farnhammaltings.com/events/the-sea-show-presented-by-squashbox-theatre

 

Fri 20th Aug

The Sea Show  -   11am & 2pm

The Place Theatre, Bedford, Bedfordshire

https://www.theplacebedford.org.uk/shows/the-sea-show/

 

Sat 21st Aug

The Sea Show   -   11.30am & 2pm

Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

https://stables.org/event/squashbox-theatre-presents-the-sea-show

Mon 23rd Aug

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Tues 24th Aug

The Sea Show   -   11am

Lakeside, Coronaation Park, Helston, Cornwall

http://www.nautibutice.co.uk/events.html

Weds 25th Aug

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Thurs 26th Aug

The Sea Show  -   2pm

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

http://www.stertstickets.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=244tails.php?item_id=230

 

Fri 27th Aug

Stones and Bones  -  12pm & 2.30pm

Shire Hall, Bodmin, Cornwall

https://www.intobodmin.co.uk 

 

Sat 28th Aug

Stones and Bones   -   2pm

Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall

https://www.penleeparktheatre.com/product/

squashbox-theatre-stones-bones/

 

Mon 30th Aug

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Tues 31st Aug

Universarama!   -   2pm

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

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

Weds 1st Sept

The Sea Show  -   4pm

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall

https://www.minack.com/whats-on/sea-show

Thurs 2nd Sept

Skillywidden   -   2pm

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Cornwall

https://www.sterts.co.uk/