Family Arts: A side order of Pubbetry!

Pubbetry is a mini story for pubs and cafe tables for families to enjoy together as they might a Sunday roast!

This is a new piece in a new form for Strangeface Theatre, specially produced for the Ideas Test Family Arts Festival, although they have worked in lots of unusual spaces – including the back of a truck. This story is called Beached!

The miniature “set” will be carried in a box or suitcase for their trademark puppets. A soundtrack would be played on earphones for each audience member, creating a little world to share at the table. Performances will last for about 5/10 minutes and might be ordered from a menu!











The shows will be on offer to diners during the Family Arts Festival in October Half Term in Swale and Medway, in various locations across the region over the weekend 1-2 November. Locations and times are as follows:

Brompton Cafe, Gillingham 
11am to 12pm Sat 1st November
Lordswood Sports and Social Club 
2.30 to 3.30pm Sat 1st November
The Summoner, Sittingbourne
5.30 to 6.30pm Sat 1st November
The White Horse,  Rochester
12 to 1pm Sun 2nd November
The Courtyard Cafe, Brogdale Farm Faversham
3.30 – 4.30pm Sun 2nd November
Paper Man Russell










The beauty of this project is you can see it all again! From the outside too – there’s as much fun to be had working out what the people next to you are hearing….


“Spellbinding and magical!” … “Go and see it!!!”… “Excellent. Long live creativity and the power of the imagination” …“I’m speechless. Absolutely amazing! I want to see it again now!”


Strangeface Theatre Company is based in Kent and make work that is accessible and intimate, using mask, puppet and music to bring audiences together, young and old.

Previous productions have included classics such as A Christmas Carol and Pinocchio and new writing such as Hell and High Water, the true tale of female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny. Their award-winning project The Last Resort – about a village visited by the devil – which took them from The Brook, Chatham to Tehran.

A Christmas Carol











In 2014, they devised a new work Shooting the Moon to tour to venues across Kent and Sussex and beyond, in venues from Theatre Royal Margate to the tiny Ivychurch Village Hall on the Romney Marsh.

They are also currently developing family-friendly work for a haulage trailer for another Creative People and Places project – Transported Art in South Holland/Boston Borough, Lincolnshire. Fen Boy will tell the tale of a boggart born from mud, a local fairy found by a farmer and taken home to cause mayhem in the marketplace and harem scarum in their home.

Find out more at and connect with them on social media:

Twitter @StrangefaceTC


All images courtesy of Mark Dean.