Our Story

Madeleine Herrington – Artistic Director

As a child I wanted to be an actor and I wanted to tell stories. So after my BA Drama & Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College, I chose to pursue acting and was lucky enough to train at LAMDA. I’ve worked professionally for stage & screen for over 10 years and credits include Waking the Dead, New Tricks and National Theatre as well as various roles as a voice over artist. See http://madeleineherrington.wordpress.com

After having children, I sought a new creative challenge and began to develop narrative ideas for children’s theatre. Then followed many exciting hours of discussion with long time friend and highly experienced Primary School teacher Fran Malone and Herringbone Arts was born. I began to develop my training to include puppetry, puppet making and most recently telling stories through photography. This training has included Rene Baker, Darren Smith (Touched Theatre), Isobel Smith (Grist to the Mill) and Natasha Lythgoe.

Within two years of Herringbone Arts’ launch, we have won the Family Arts Award for Best Family Event, created sell out shows for Theatre Royal Brighton and created a bespoke installation for a hugely successful restaurant.

Excited by tiny details, pop up books and the doors behind the KEEP OUT signs, we strive to create work that is engaging, inventive and most of all an unforgettable experience for children and their families.


Fran Malone – Artistic Director

After studying Primary Education with English and Drama (BA HONS QTS) at The University of Brighton, I worked for 10 years as a Primary School teacher, which included working in senior management as a SENCO, Creative Curriculum Manager and as a Literacy Lead Teacher for Brighton and Hove where I carried out demonstration lessons for trainees and designed and led sessions for large- scale training days for teachers from across the city. I always had a long term interest in puppets and in making and creating and in 2010 I started attending training at Little Angel Theatre and Phoenix Arts in Brighton. In 2012 Herringbone Arts was launched as a way of creating work for families and children, with trained actress Madeleine Herrington which was the perfect mix of our skillsets, which continue to grow.  Fast forward seven years and I am now a freelance puppet and prop maker and workshop leader, working from my studio in New England House, Brighton. I also work as an education consultant for arts companies. Recent partners include Windmill Young Actors Theatre, Dr. Blighty, Strike A Light Arts and Heritage, Go Kid Music, Brighton School of Puppetry, Periplum, Brighton and Hove Council, West Dean College.

My favourite thing about Herringbone Arts is creating exquisite puppets and interactive magical worlds in unexpected places, we make sometimes overlooked spaces into something new and add tiny details along the way with often no explanation needed – or given – so that each audience member can have their own unforgettable experience and talk about what they spotted long after they have left the show!

Our unique understanding of children and young people means that we design our shows and installations so that everybody can access and understand theatre and stories in their own way.

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weaving tales & performance in unexpected places