Bootworks Theatre is a collective of artists committed to delivering innovative and accessible theatre and performance, for a range of locations, to audiences of all kinds and from all walks of life. Bootworks is most recognised for its iconic Black Box theatre installation for an audience of one.


The Incredible Book Eating Boy

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 6
  • Freight: No freight necessary
  • Freight details: Approx 500kg. Flat-packs into LWB van.
    International self-build options available.


Bootworks' latest project continues the company’s evolution by fusing the Black Box with mask, pupperty and back projection for indoor spaces, and is the company’s first exploration into theatre for young audiences.

Bootworks' adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’s awarding-winning children’s book uses the Black Box to re-tell the story of Henry, and his voracious appetite for books. For one child and an accompanying parent or guardian at a time, the show offers a truly unique limited capacity theatre experience for four-year-olds and above, and their grown ups.

Wraparound work

Members of Bootworks's core team are professional teachers and as a C.I.C. it has a commitment to ensuring its work is accessible in every possible way. With a range of wraparound activities to suit projects, themes, forms and focus, it also has other models and services to cater for specific client groups and audience/participants.

Workshops can be tailored to suit most age-ranges, but are mostly aimed at students, audiences and emerging artists aged 16+.

Pre- and post-show discussions, one-off workshops and curriculum-centred enrichment exercises, talks and one-to-one mentoring are also offered.

Especially able in residencies and participatory commissions where it can engage participants in a range of ways, over time, and produce work together.

Press Comments & Testimonials

"Incredible Book Eating Boy is just brilliant, a real five minute wonder. One of my most enjoyable Fringe experiences."

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"Bootworks' very talented cast conjure these episodes in rollicking fashion, this highly original show enthrals, amuses and delights."

The Stage

"Enchanting and adorable, this masterclass in addressing the children, and the children at heart, will leave you absolutely mesmerised."

Three Weeks

"Children will love seeing a beloved book come to life in front of them, and their parents will marvel at the way in which Bootworks Theatre have executed the piece, in such an intimate way."

The Public Reviews

"What a delight this show is – a joy from start to finish."

Alison Kerr, The Scotsman

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Artistic Director(s)

James Baker – Robert Jude Daniels – Andy Roberts

Contact details

Becki Haines

c/o The ShowRoom
University of Chichester
College Lane
West Sussex
PO19 6PE

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