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Mr Middle has created a life of routine for himself and his loyal dog. Together they enjoy their evenings in and simple walks but Shackleton longs for more adventure. Not one for surprises, Mr Middle keeps his world as small as possible but one day the garden gate is accidentally left ajar, which offers Shackleton the chance to look beyond what he has always known. As he follows his senses and goes exploring, his trepidacious owner is forced on an exciting journey of his own where he must rediscover his adventurous past and break his routine to find his beloved dog.

Shackleton toured throughout 2017 to theatres, art centres and through rural touring schemes.

The show received Arts Council funding.


Performed by Anna Harriott & Harry Emerson

Written and Directed by Anna Harriott. Music by Harry Emerson. Puppets by Orpheus Alexander.

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‘Told with joyful, acoustic music, and a lovely use of the beautiful set, Shackleton is a journey about pushing your boundaries, and saying yes. Yes to life, yes to something new, yes to saying yes’



Read the full review HERE!

‘Amazing show, such a lovely gentle tale. Shackleton came alive for us and we went on an emotional adventure. Very clever, brilliantly performed. Children and adults alike were transfixed…’


-Audience member

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The show was inspired by a chance encounter with a real adventurous hound.

You can read the full story of when Anna found Shackleton here