100 Tails of Us….”As they make their way through the theatre, children’s imaginations are fired…there are no wiggling bottoms on seats with this promenade show, as the action and audience move on every ten minutes or so, keeping youngsters engaged. It is an extremely fun experience for small groups of children.” The Argus 4****

Amongst The Stars is a charming interactive mystery tour around Theatre Royal Brighton.

Each scene takes place in beautifully decorated little ante-rooms, by an ornate mirror or in the welcomingly warm auditorium.

They spin the show along with professional slickness and indulge in individual needs. This is a brilliantly designed Christmas piece offering magic and pleasure, while demanding a certain beadiness from the audience.” The Argus 4 ****

“A perfect show to enjoy this Christmas. An enchanting journey for young children. All parents know trying to keep their little ones still and quiet during a show can be very challenging. So, if you are lucky enough to find one that allows your children to walk around and interact, you know half the battle is over. If you are then lucky enough to find a show that holds their imagination, you feel like you’ve won the lottery.

Amongst the Stars is one of these shows. It is superbly acted and cleverly designed to take your little ones on a journey around the theatre as they help Mrs Nye Chart search for her special necklace.

With music, Christmas carols, puppets and laughter it is a journey children will love. The warm apple juice, biscuits and take home presents all add to the enjoyment.

My children were enchanted and as we left I asked my two young companions what they would like to do next. The reply ‘can we go do it again.’ I think that says it all.” What’s On 4 Kids UK

Donatello Brighton saw the arrival of The Enchanted Cottage and bespoke window displays featuring Little Red Riding hood and her love of reading.

A Winters Trail, took place in December 2015. It featured in the Metro as one of the Top 10 things to do and here’s what a few of the press had to say…

“Enchanting promenade…thoughtfully devised. Family Arts Festival award-winner Herringbone Arts is a local company specialising in promenade pieces and puppetry. They’re a gift to Theatre Royal Brighton.” Bella Todd. The Stage 4 ****

“A beautifully crafted and brilliantly magical reminder of what’s important during the Christmas season” The Argus 4 ****

“The staircases and nooks and crannies of the Theatre Royal lend themselves perfectly to this perambulating production from Brighton-based Herringbone Arts, which involves a gentle story of lost magic interpreted by two child-friendly narrators, ingenious use of wall pictures and some delightful models and puppets.” Bill Avenell. The Reviews Hub    4.5 ****

“Hearing my daughter’s own shared moments filled me with tears and made the whole experience even more magical for us both. My daughter was completely enchanted, as was I.” What’s Good To Do    5 *****

A Winter’s Trail -Theatre Royal, Brighton



Herringbone Arts was established by Madeleine Herrington and Fran Malone with the aim to help children and families reconnect with their imaginations and each other. With over 10 year’s collective experience in performing arts and education, Herringbone Arts are passionate about creating and sharing stories in unexpected places.



Amongst the Stars, Theatre Royal,4 **** 2016
A Winters Trail, Theatre Royal, 4 & 5*****2015
The Secret Stairway, Theatre Royal, Awarded Best Family Event Family Arts Festival, November 2014
The Story of Little Red, Brighton Spiegeltent & Stenying Festival April & May 2014
Echoes & Encores, Theatre Royal Brighton April 2014
A Little Tiny Tale, Winter Warmer December 2013 – Brighton


The Enchanted Cottage, Donatello Restaurant Brighton
Aurora, Puppeteer,August 2013, Greenpeace – London
The Boy who tried to be a Pirate Commission November 2013, Sometime Soon Arts
Lost & Fairy Found, Installation,July 2013, Stanmer Park – Brighton
Bristol Festival of Puppetry, Puppet exhibition of two Herringbone puppets, 2013


‘Painting with Light’, Alex May, 2014
‘Rhythm for Puppeteers’ Rene Baker, 2014
‘Object theatre and Puppetry Performance’ Isobel Smith
‘From Prop to Protagonist’ Rene Baker, 2014 – Brighton
‘Puppetry Core skills’ Touched Theatre, 2014 – Brighton
‘Life-sized puppets’, Isobel Smith Grist to the Mill, 2013 Phoenix Arts – Brighton
‘Small exquisite rod puppets’, Isobel Smith Grist to the Mill, 2011 Phoenix Arts – Brighton
LAMDA Acting Diploma, 2004 – London
BA (Hons) Primary Education (English and Drama) QTS, 2003, University of Brighton – Brighton
BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Arts, 2001, Goldsmiths – London


Set design
Therapeutic Storytelling
Site responsive children’s theatre
Devising for Performance
Puppet making
Workshop Facilitation in drama, storytelling & puppetry

References available on request

weaving tales and performance to inspire imagination…