Masha and the Firebird

In Development

Masha and the Firebird is currently in its second development stage, following a hugely successful Arts Council England supported R&D with Theatre Delicatessen in 2017. This culminated in two fully-accessible showings at the Bathway Theatre Greenwich and at the Old Library in Southwark. Further developments to be announced.

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Masha is in all respects a totally ordinary girl, but with one extraordinary gift - her gorgeous, magical paintings.

She is so talented that the Firebird himself approaches her with a truly urgent request. He begs her to paint his eggs to disguise them from the evil witch Baba Yaga, a foul, monstrous crone who is bent on their destruction.

What follows is an adventure even Masha herself could not have foreseen; a journey which takes her to the gloomy bottom of the deepest lakes and balancing on threads of starlight in the night sky.


Masha and the Firebird is a puppetry children's piece, aimed at being fully accessible to all audiences. We are working with a cast comprising of 80% D/deaf and disabled actors, and are looking to increase this representation into our production team as well. BSL-based visual storytelling and audio description will be fully creatively integrated parts of the show, and we are looking to collaborate with groups and individuals identifying as D/deaf or disabled for the next part of the development process. Please contact us at with any suggestions or questions.


Writer: Madeleine Perham

Original children's story: Margaret Bateson-Hill

Director and Co-Producer: Helena Jackson

Co-Producer: Hannah Storey

Company Manager and Movement Director: Josephine Shipp

Puppet Designer: Nikki Charlesworth

Composer: James Blake-Butler

BSL Consultant: Daryl Jackson

BSL Interpretors: Sula Gleeson, Danny Rose, Louise Coigley

Lighting Designer: Stephen Green

Graphic Designer: Alex Wood

Videographer: Silas Elliott

Creative Consultant: Gemma Harvey



Cindy Armbruster

Charlotte Arrowsmith

James Blake-Butler

Dayo Koleosho

Justin Melluish

Praise for Sleepless Theatre: 

The List - ‘A blast of intelligent and challenging energy”’– ★★★★★ Threeweeks - ‘One of those Fringe gems you’ll remember for years...Mind-blowing’ -★★★★★
British Theatre Guide - ‘captivating’ - ★★★★
Fringe Guru - ‘A must for those who like theatre at its most adventurous’ - ★★★★