The Melody Makers

An orange-bearded performer with a yellow bucket hat and a puppet body in yellow raincoat, dancing and singing on top of a pile of suitcases.

For ages  

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…!

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

Photo credits to Kai Taylor.

“We knew straight away this was going to be a great show for kids…‘The Melody Makers’ rounded off a fun packed weekend of Christmas show reviewing perfectly, and we would highly recommend it to get you in the festive mood.” Weston Super Mum
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