The Melody Makers

Pip Christmas hates Christmas. Her family love it so much they made it their name – they put the tree up in September and put it away in March and they eat beans all year to save up for the festive indulgence. Pip’s only saving grace is her best friend, Rupert – a tiny robin who visits her every morning for the month of December. One morning, the Christmas music disappears and Pip must go on a quest to find out why the music has stopped – she must find the Melody Makers and, boy, they’re not happy….

Starring 4 talented actor-musicians, beautiful hand-made puppets and A LOT of music, this will be a magical, musical extravaganza set to charm the stockings off of the whole family.

This production went through a Research and Development period in June 2015, supported by Arts Council England, Bridport Arts Centre and The Marine Theatre’s ‘R&D By The Sea’ programme. It later toured to The Wardrobe Theatre (Bristol), The Marine Theatre (Lyme Regis) and Bridport Arts Centre in winter 2015. It is safely stored away to come back one Christmas…!

Teaser Video

Creative Team

  • Devised ​by: the ​company
  • Performers: Tessa ​Bide, Matt Huxley, Jean Bono & Megan Brooks
  • Director/Dramaturg: Emma Williams (R&D Direction & Dramaturgy: Holly Stoppit)
  • Composer: Matt ​Huxley
  • Designer: Sarah Dicks
  • Maker: Georgia Shire
  • Lighting ​Designer: Tom Richmond
  • Production ​Assistant: Claire Crawford
  • Produced ​by: Tessa ​Bide ​Productions


Information for programmers

Here are the downloadable venue pack and tech spec for this production. We would love to bring it out of storage, so if you’re interested in booking it, please contact the team on