About Us

Frolicked is an outdoor theatre company specialising in unique, visually striking experiences for outdoor audiences and unusual locations. Captivating people of all ages and nationalities, and featuring beautifully crafted characters, our self-devised shows and games are interactive, engaging and a little bit magical…

Frolicked has amassed a catalogue of innovative outdoor puppetry work that has toured across Europe. Our growing family of original puppets includes: a glowing Victorian ghost (Tabitha), a hygiene obsessed usher (Arthur), a well-travelled octogenarian Yorkshire couple (because you’re Never Too Old), a pair of mischievous, legless sprites (in the form of Boggarts), a flock of beautiful birds, a giant-fly-pestered Alchemist and a Norse goddess and her enchanted companions (Nótt).

We have also devised a series of puppet interventions: a 5 day cross-county treasure hunt for Yorkshire Festival, a town-wide, environmentally focused gaming experience for Halifax Festival and MintFest (The Birds: the game), a 4 day treasure hunt for Scunthorpe Council (The Hunt for the Devil’s Toenail), a Quest for the Tees Tusk for Stockton International Riverside Festival, a rat infested murder mystery (Who killed the rats?) originally made for Theatre Deli’s Horror Souk and adapted for Leeds Light Night and Takeover Festival at Goole Theatre, and a ratty commentary on the trappings of modern life, housed inside a giant wedge of cheese (The Rat Race).

Our work continues to develop in surprising ways, taking inspiration from new technologies and emerging forms of performance.

Have you ever been Frolicked?

Frolicked is run by Beka Haigh, a director, puppet maker and performer based in Yorkshire. As well as directing, designing and performing for Frolicked, Beka has worked as a deviser, maker and performer for a number of theatre companies and arts organisations across the country.

Frolicked was founded in 2007 by Beka Haigh and Rachel Wakelin-Kirby.

Beka and Frolicked have received kind support from:

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Frolicked also works (and has worked) with a number of talented performers and artists including:

Mary O’Neill – impeccable performer, deviser and maker
Katy-Anne Bellis – beautiful performer, maker and deviser
Ian Broscomb – amazing sculptor
Gil Burns – astounding performer
Tom Byrne – awesome performer
Penny Coke-Woods – stupendous performer and technician
Robbie Coke-Woods – marvelous performer
Craig Harris – magnificent performer
Elliot Hay – glorious performer
Campbell Innes – fabulous performer and deviser
Nikki Mailer – wondrous performer
Alicia Myerscough – delightful performer
Dan Powers – intelligent composer and technician
Gareth Price-Baghurst – fantastic musician and performer of Fabularium fame
Jonny Quick – incredible performer and deviser
Hatty Settle – brilliant filmmaker
Anna Shotter – gorgeous performer
Nick Sparks – mysterious maker and performer
Natalie Speake – mind-blowing performer
and the lovely Rachel Wakelin-Kirby – co-founder, devisor and performer