The Castle Builder

The Castle Builder

By Kid Carpet and Vic Llewllyn
Presented for Jabberwocky Market

Friday 6 October, 2.30pm & 7pm at Polam Hall School

£10 general, £7 concession, £12 on the door


Kid Carpet and Vic Llewellyn take you on a musical, magical, moving & comic journey through the minds of some of our planet’s most eccentric and creative individuals. A smash-hit success at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe.

It tells the true story of an inmate in a Norwegian psychiatric institute who over 5 years built a castle on a remote headland. But ...where was he getting his bricks from?

The show spirals outwards from personal accounts into tales of other outsider artists who’ve been inspired to build gigantic extraordinary structures, alone, in secret, and without artistic validation from the real world.

Vic Llewellyn and Kid Carpet re-imagine these stories and tell them with visceral live music, dancing, projection & heart felt storytelling and chewed bread sculptures.

The show also includes the presence of an invited maker/artisan who constructs during the duration of the piece and presents something unique to the audience at the climax of the show.

Supported in Darlington by Polam Hall School. Part of Pop-Up TheatreTown #Darlington #TheatreTown - supported by Arts Council England & Darlington Borough Council.

4 plays for just £24. See Ross & Rachel, Black Mountain, The Castle Builder and Out of Love. Simply put all four shows in your basket and they will be discounted when you come to pay.

“It holds its audience, tenderly, in the palm of its hand, lifts us to the stars, then places us gently back down on earth, with a reminder that there’s always time to live better.” - Exeunt (Maddy Costa)

★★★★ “Funny, educational and most importantly, inspiring.” - The Fix

★★★★★ “boisterous and innovative.” - British Theatre Guide

★★★★ “Hilarious, touching and poignant.” - Across the Arts

“joyful, messy and exuberant” - Total Theatre Magazine


PARENTAL GUIDANCE: The language and themes of this play might not be suitable for children. We suggest an age rating of 12+ but it's entirely up to you.

TIME: 2:30pm & 7pm (7pm show with BSL by Jenna Johnson British Sign Language Interpreter)


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Friday 6 October

2.30pm Book Now
7pm Book Now