About Simon
Testament Tales

Formative to Simon's career and experience was the opportunity to study with and then join Canon Hill Puppet Theatre, the internationally respected resident company of the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham. Performing in ten different productions over three years in venues in the UK, France, Germany and Hong Kong he performed nearly 1,000 performances using rod puppets, hand puppets, masks, dance and mime. With Polka Children's Theatre he toured for a year as Pinocchio, playing Pinocchio in a Commedia mask. Since then he has performed with John Wright's beautiful marionettes at the Little Angel Theatre and in three seasons of performances of Haydn's puppet opera Philemon and Baucis, performed with full orchestra and singers at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria and in Potsdam. He has performed in BBC Worldwide's arena show CBeebies Live bringing Roly Mo to audiences of up to 4,000 at a time! He created the original stage show of Charlie and Lola which premiered at the Los Angeles Book Fair at UCLA.

Credits include:

Legoland Windsor, puppet show director for 2011-2013 seasons.
Charlie and Lola's Bestest Play (Polka Childrens Theatre / BBC Worldwide, 2008-2012) puppet designer and and maker for International productions
Peter Pan at the O2 (2010) Nana puppet maker with Olly Taylor
Charlie and Lola (BBC Worldwide, 2006) creator and director of promotional stage show
Cbeebies Live! (BBC Worldwide, 2005-6) 40-date arena tour as Roly Mo with the Tweenies, Postman Pat etc
Little Angel Theatre (1995-2009) narrator and marionette operator in Webs, Witches and the Spider Queen, voice and performer of the Prince in John Wright's classic marionette play Rapunzel.
Marionette performer in Philemon and Baucis for three seasons in Austria and Germany
Polka Children's Theatre (1985-6) Nine month tour as Pinocchio in Richard Gill's play, directed by Roman Stefanski.
Canon Hill Puppet Theatre (1982-5) A thousand performance in twelve different productions using various styles of puppets, masks, storytelling and presenting skills. Performances at Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham and on tours to France, Germany, Italy and Hong Kong.