Dear Headteacher and History Coordinator

Just dropping you a line to let you know the shows we are touring this year.


On the Other Hand Theatre Company - The Henry VIII Show

The Henry VIII Show has been one of the most popular shows we have, due in part to the Tudors being part of the National Curriculum. The show has been returning to The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford for 8 sell out years now and has also been a regular visitor to The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn as well as National Trust and Heritage Properties.

The show has a lot of humour and audience participation and a marvellous performance by John Field who not only looks like Henry VIII but also has an enormous knowledge of the period. The rest of the court are performed by beautifully costumed table top puppets
After the show there is a question and answer session and a photograph of Henry with each class.


Henry VIII goes down a storm every time. The children are transfixed by his performance, in turns comic and tragic. A great opportunity for the pupils to consolidate their learning through a fun, interactive and informative show. First date to be put in the school diary every year.” Anthony Moore, Auriol School

 “I came to see your show in Cambridge last Wednesday with my son (aged 10). I just wanted to let you know that I thought it was superb, my son and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. You brought Henry to life, and covered the material in such an interesting and imaginative way.” Cambridge Festival

Perfect for classes studying the Tudors - funny and absolutely spot on for the age range - this show ticks all the right boxes” Liz Hills , Headteacher Ilderton School London

All 150 of our Year 5 children took so much from this performance, it was presented in such a way that all were captivated for the entire event. Educational, humorous, appropriately pitched and very enjoyable. We will be re-booking this show for every year that we teach the Tudor topic. This show is highly recommended, you will not be disappointed in any way!” Jeremy Meek, Cleves School

It’s the best educational show we have had in our school, ever
Salmestone Primary school, Kent

Its astonishing how much information you give out in the show and yet still keep it entertaining.” Brian Kirk at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

The Link below gives excerpts from the show as well as interviews


Story Telling      

Merlin and the Frost Dragon

An exciting tale of one of the many quests of Merlin. The show has great storytelling, puppets, magic, audience participation and a wonderful especially composed music sound track.  
So far it has played The Great Hall Winchester,
The Tricycle Theatre and The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
'Merlin, the beautiful puppets, the stage set, the soundtrack & the snow effects  - the whole production was quite enchanting. Magical, the audience were held spell-bound!' - The Great Hall Winchester


Social Inclusion and Racism

The Marvellous Magical Coat


A modern day fairy story about a little boy who is given a HUGE coat.
At first he hates it, but then it takes him into a strange land. That’s when the adventure
starts. Everything was fine in the land, until one morning everyone woke up and
found that half had a blue nose and half had a red nose. Now you wouldn’t think
that would make a great deal of difference would you? But it did, oh it did!
Now in the forest there lived this monster. It was huge, it was horrible, with great
big eyes and great big ears, and it flew through the air with its massive wings
dragging its gigantic belly. Actually it was a small purple dragon with a terrible cold,
but that’s what rumours can do.

This show is set in an attic; uses a storyteller and puppets with some lovely
transformations and has a very special message.

One of the best children’s shows I have ever seen” Little Angel Theatre, London

This wonderfully told and well presented show has become a modern children’s classic” Chat’s Palace

A superb display of ventriloquism, set transformation and multiple personalities puppet display by the lone artist” The Irish Times


The environment and ecology

Tales from the Washing Line

Tales from the Washing Line

The show comprises two stories.
In the first, two Inuit's have a problem disposing of their rubbish but then they meet the Spirit of the Arctic in the form of a large polar bear who helps them understand recycling!

In the second, a sad and lonely dustbin, makes friends with a little girl and together they overcome a monstrous litterbug who is ruining the environment.

A great fun packed show with lots of audience participation, Two of the puppets are made in front of th

The show has toured throughout Britain and has represented the
UK at the Greek International Environmental Festival and at the
Dublin International Puppet Festival

Suitable for 4-10 years


We also run excellent Puppet Workshops

The web site for the company is below, and if you would like any more information please don't hesitate to get in touch

All the best

John Field

020 7690 7449

On the Other Hand Theatre Company
Grange House, 229 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 9HL