This Way Up


A charming celebration of the power of the imagination

The grown ups have put the whole world into cardboard boxes, neatly wrapped with tape and string. There are adventures in those boxes. Adventures on moons and under oceans. Adventures filled with spaceships and fantastic creatures. We can’t wait. We’re going in. Do you want to come too?

This Way Up is a sideways look at moving on, saying goodbye, and stepping into the great unknown, told through a headlong tumble into the irresistible joy of play.

Suitable for children aged 3 to 7 and their grown ups.

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15th - 17th May Hull Truck Theatre, Hull 01482 323638
19th May Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 01484 430528
30th May - 2nd June Live Theatre, Newcastle 0191 2321232
14th June Arts Centre, Washington 0191 2193455
16th June Carriageworks, Leeds 0113 2243801


“I couldn’t believe how engaged my child was”  Audience member


“Brilliant – what a great idea. It was so magical, my kids loved it”  Audience member


This Way Up is a Theatre Lark production produced by The Empty Space. It was originally commissioned by Find Your Talent at Customs House and was further developed at Departure Lounge, Take Off Festival 2010.  

Tour image

Cast & Crew

Director & Creator
Katie Matthews
Performers Lesley Cook
  Nathan Guy
  Fiona Putnam
Dramaturg Beccy Smith
Designer Barney George
Composer Julian Butler
Stage Manager & Lighting Designer Dean Sudron