Sharp Teeth Theatre

Sharp Teeth Theatre


about us

Sharp Teeth Theatre is a theatre company who tell stories with bite. They are based in Bristol and are associate artists with the Wardrobe Theatre. In 2016 they were supported by Bristol Old Vic’s Bristol Ferment and Camden People’s Theatre to develop The Fox and the Child. In 2018 they made Parlour Games in co-production with the Wardrobe Theatre which toured the South West and beyond, and began work with Marie Hamilton on Polly: The Heartbreak Opera, a radical adaptation of John Gay’s sequel to The Beggar’s Opera. They have co-run a stage at Valleyfest for 2017-2018. They have also curated a popular monthly night of theatre, spoken word, music and storytelling at The Wardrobe Theatre since 2014.



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Photo by Paul Blakemore

Photo by Paul Blakemore

Polly: The Heart-break Opera

A dirty, messy, highly physical adaptation of Polly, John Gay's sequel to The Beggar's Opera - inspired by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and their Berlin infused Threepenny Opera, presented by Marie Hamilton and Sharp Teeth Theatre

Macheath ran off to an island to f*ck Jenny Diver. Polly Peachum, his wife, stands on the shore and summons up a storm.

Join three weird women as they dance, drum, sing and slash their way through an adaptation of Polly, John Gay’s sequel to The Beggar’s Opera. Using bouffon, drag, and Berlin cabaret we present a work-in-progress showing that explores 21st Century politics and femininity through an 18th Century spyglass.

Directed by Stephanie Kempson (Score, Pulling Out, The Fox and the Child), devised by Marie Hamilton (The Cranes), Katy Sobey (Rocky:A Horror Show, Reservoir Mogs), and Madeline Shann (Little Terrors), with a score by Ben Osborn (Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears), this is a frenetic, heart-breaking look at love, loss and revenge. Developed in Berlin with Bouffant teacher Nicole Kehrberger.

Creative Team

From an original idea by Marie Hamilton
Devised and Written by the Company
Performed by Marie Hamilton, Katy Sobey and Marie Hamilton
Directed by Stephanie Kempson
Composed by Ben Osborn
Lighting Design by Eleanor Bookham
Design by Sam Wilde

Stage Managed by Emily Walpole


Past Dates: Two work-in-progress performances at The Wardrobe Theatre.


The Research and Development period of this show was supported by Arts Council England, our wonderful Indiegogo supporters, The Wardrobe Theatre, Theaterhaus Berlin.


“The command of the tone was breath-taking, and I really enjoyed the wit and sparkle of the lyrics. I look forward to seeing where further development of the show takes it – it feels like the creators have a very clear and strong vision that they want to pursue and this is absolutely a show which I want to check back in on and watch again.” - Chloe Elwood, Executive Producer at Bristol Old Vic

“Horror amid the hilarity: Marie Hamilton and Stephanie Kempson’s musical John Gay adaptation hits all the right notes.” - Exeunt (Read full review here)

“Gritty, in-your-face, intelligent exploration of feminism, power and control, completely bang on for political timing and satirical commentary.” - Weston Super Mum (Read full review here)

Past Productions

Photo by Adam Fung

Photo by Adam Fung

Parlour Games

A right royal romp through British history, exploring politics, passion and parlour games; a cross-dressing comedy for all those with a taste for Victoria's Sponge and who enjoy playing with their Prince Albert from Sharp Teeth Theatre and The Wardrobe Theatre.

It’s 1848 and Europe is revolting. As foreign royals topple at an alarming rate, how long will it be before the whispers of revolution reach the proud shores of old Blighty? With an isolated, postnatal Queen intent on playing solitaire, can the future of the British monarchy be saved before those dastardly working-classes start uprising or will it all end in a real-life wink murder? Expect clowning, cream cakes and jokes about history in this gender-bending new show which asks why Britain refuses to play by continental rules.

Featuring Gaulier-trained clown Lucy Harrington (Wake Up & Deirdrealize, Nincompoop) as Prince Albert and 6ft 3″ Peter Baker (Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, Murder She Didn’t Write) as the pocket-sized monarch herself. A co-production by The Wardrobe Theatre (Reservoir Mogs, Rocky Shock Horror, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears) and Sharp Teeth Theatre (The Fox & The Child).

Creative Team

Devised by the Company
Co-directors Andrew Kelly and Stephanie Kempson
Dramaturg Matthew Whittle
Performers Andrew Kelly, Lucy Harrington and Peter Baker
Produced by Stephanie Kempson and Matthew Whittle


July-October 2018 to The Wardrobe Theatre (Bristol), The Pound (Corsham), The Rondo Theatre (Bath), East Harptree Theatre, The Theatre Shop (Clevedon), The Old Joint Stock Theatre (Birmingham).

“Truly hilarious, shocking belly laughs out of the audience.” - Exeunt Magazine

“Ridiculous, clever, and very very funny, but with real poignancy… There’s sharp resonance with democracy’s continuing struggle against the wealthy and privileged.” - Crysse Morrison

“A comic delight… Great performances, political analogies and an epic game of royal wits.” - The Reviews Hub

Photo by Jack Offord

Photo by Jack Offord


A new storytelling show with music and projection which peels off the layers to reveal the darkness beneath.

Eyes meet across restaurants, buttons and hooks are undone, vows are unwound and worlds break. A story where a young woman meets an older man and falls in love, a woman dreams she becomes a fox, and a fox hunts a child.

Written and performed by Stephanie Kempson (Beyond The Ridiculous), with music composed by Rowan Evans (The Hours Before We Wake), directed by Maisie Newman (Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex) and with projection by James D Kent. 


Extracts of The Fox and the Child have previously been performed at Bristol Old Vic's Ferment in July 2016, Tobacco Factory Theatres' Prototype in November 2015, Camden People's Theatre Big Bang Scratch Night as part of Calm Down Dear Festival in September 2015. Earlier extracts have been performed in Bristol and London.


The Fox and the Child has been supported by The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Ferment, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Camden People's Theatre, composer Verity Standen, photographer Kitty Wheeler Shaw, and musician Dominie Hooper.




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