Blind Summit presents

The Sex Lives of Puppets

by Mark Down & Ben Keaton
4 - 13 JAN 2024

Ticket Prices:
£18 Standard / £14.50 Concessions / Pioneers' Preview (4 Jan) £10

Blind Summit’s new show The Sex Lives of Puppets offers a snapshot of puppet love in contemporary Britain…

“Blind Summit have proved that puppetry doesn’t need to come with apologies or strings attached.” The Guardian

Blind Summit is a theatre company notorious for using puppets to address unlikely subjects. Now, they invite audiences to dive under the covers to shed light on “the sex lives of puppets” and try to answer some important questions including:

  • What do puppets look like naked? 
  • Fancy some no strings sex? 
  • Ummm … what are you doing with your hands??

The Sex Life of Puppets is a multi-layered piece of theatre. On the surface, offering a fun and frank exploration of puppet desire at the hands of their Dionysian puppet-masters, and on a deeper level engaging skilled puppetry to express human moods, fears, worries, hang-ups and desires that will immediately resonate with its audience.

Co-writers/directors Ben Keaton (Perrier Award Winner, Father Ted) and Mark Down (Artistic Director of Blind Summit Theatre), take inspiration from real-life responses, to lead an impish cast of improviser puppeteers, and a veritable smorgasbord of different puppets to explore sex and humanity, and – of course – to expose the underbelly of puppet eroticism.


★★★★★ “The solo puppets regale us with monologues that Alan Bennett would give his last Yorkshire teabag for… Blind Summit’s ‘The Sex Lives Of Puppets’ is an intelligent and thought-provoking study that is as much to do with what’s between our ears as what’s between our legs. Is it too early to start talking about the best shows of the year?” Broadway World

★★★★ “Boundary-pushing puppetry specialists Blind Summit explore sexual behaviour in this inventive, silly and visually arresting comedy [but], as silly as it all is, there are moments of real, heartfelt tenderness. And the play delivers a refreshingly positive message about sharing intimacy, shedding inhibitions and finding your own joy.” The Stage

★★★★ “Overflows with humour and pointed honesty”  Shadows on the Wall

★★★★ “Laugh-out-loud funny” Revstan

★★★★ “Had me laughing my head off” Last Minute Theatre Tickets

★★★★ “Uproariously funny” Plays to See

★★★★ “Side-splittingly funny” Salterton Arts Review

★★★★ “Wild and wacky” London Theatre1

★★★★ “Frank, honest, funny” Love London Love Culture


Theatre: The Little

Mon – Sat: 8pm

Tue & Sat: 3.30pm

Running Time: 90 mins

No re-entry.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

Recommended for ages 16+. Contains strong language, strobe lighting, and puppet scenes of a sexual nature.

There will be a post-show discussion after the matinee on Saturday 6th January.

The Company

Mark Down
Ben Keaton
Russell Dean
puppet maker
James Mackenzie
lighting design

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The Sex Lives of Puppets

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