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 an extraordinary gift. She is so talented at painting that the Firebird himself approaches her, asking her to paint his eggs to disguise them from the evil witch Baba Yaga. 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 increasing this representation into our production team. 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 Producer: Helena Jackson

Producer 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: 
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’ ****