presented by o-region and The Minack Theatre
Start with a cantankerous, ninety-nine-year-old with a taste for gambling and homebrew; add in an obsessive adopted grandson and finish with an oversized fowl with an iron will and a fondness for romantic movies. What do you get? You get FUP. A hilarious and heart-warming tale of a Grandaddy, his Grandson and an ass-kicking duck who will change their world forever.
This wildly irreverent adaptation of Jim Dodge’s cult classic novel was a joyous smash hit when it was co-produced by Kneehigh in 2016. Featuring live foot-stomping music and quacking puppetry, the original company (including Minack favourites Ben Sutcliffe, Zaid Al-Rikabi and David Mynne) return to recreate FUP: a big hearted, uproarious modern fable set in a wild and wonderful Cornwall a bit like this one.
Joyful and Profound
The Stage ****
With live music, big, earthy performances and heart-melting puppetry, this comedy has a joyous, celebratory fizz and a piercing melancholy
The Times ****
FUP combines whimsy and magic with wit and melancholy to create something truly home-grown and heartwarming which leaves you as every fable or fairytale should: content, reflective and completely enchanted.
Broadway World ****
Directed by Simon Harvey. Designed by Elroy Ashmore. Music composed and played by The People's String Foundation. Lighting Designer: Simon Hutchings. Sound Designer Andy Graham.