Spirits of the Sea

Step inside a mystical mariner's hut with a storyteller and musician to hear this enchanting tale for audiences of 7-11 years and their families.

Spirits of the Sea has been specifically developed as a creative entry point into issues of mental health for KS2 children, particularly around ways to tackle anxiety and depression.

It is said that, in ancient times, people bundled their worries and nightmares into sacks and cast them into the sea. The sea felt burdened by people’s sorrows and soon the waves began to feel angry and grew into demons.

Fearful of the sea, the people did not know how to appease the demons.

Only one little girl can calm the sea and teach the children that it is better to let their worries play in the wind than sink beneath the waves, but will the village listen to a child?

Storytelling, live music, puppetry and song combine to tell this beautiful folktale inspired by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko’s picture book Sho and the Demons of the Deep.


Family Ticket: Save £4 on the purchase of 4 tickets. Must include a minimum of one adult.

Babe in arms: For productions that are not created for or aimed at babies we offer a free babes in arms ticket for those under 12 months old. A ticket is still required and is subject to availability. Please call the Box Office on 01325 405 405.


Meet the stars

Creative Team

Olivia Furber


Olivia is a theatre director. She trained at the University of the Arts, Belgrade & The University of Amsterdam. She continued her training in movement direction under Kieran Sheehan at Opera North and currently teaches in the movement department at the Academy of Live & Recorded Art & Identity School of Acting. Recent directing credits include Aviatrix (Ensemble52/Amy Johnson Festival), In the Vice Like Grip of It (ivo, national tour) & assisting credits include In Fog & Falling Snow (York Theatre Royal) & Unfinished Dream (London International Festival of Theatre).

Bek Palmer


Bek trained in Performance Design at LIPA and studied Post Graduate Theatre Design at RWCMD. This is Bek’s ninth design for Theatre Hullabaloo after Spirits of the Sea, Bear & Butterfly (2015) Tiny Treasures, Luna, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Angel, The Night Pirates and My Mother Told Me Not To Stare.

Other set and costume designs include; The Birthday Party, Waiting For Godot and Betrayal (London Classic Theatre), Alfie White: Space Explorer and Lemony Snicket’s Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming (Tall Stories), What The Ladybird Heard (Kenny Wax Ltd), Shaun The Sheep (Dan Coleman), Happily Ever After (Action Transport Theatre)
Bek specialises in designing/making puppets and has also worked as an installation artist for Punchdrunk. She regularly works as Wardrobe Mistress for Qdos Pantomimes and on productions on board cruise ships.


Chris Connaughton

Writer & Performer

Intext Performance’s director and main performer is Chris Connaughton, an actor with over 30 years’ experience in all forms of theatre, television and radio. He now writes and produces work for young audiences as well as being the author of the ‘Beltheron’ series of fantasy novels for 9 year olds and upwards.

This year Intext Performance is delighted to celebrate 20 years of high quality professional theatre and storytelling in schools. Since 1997 the company has produced more than 25 different story sessions mixing traditional tales and original writing, and 9 new plays based on classic texts. Many of these have been accompanied by literacy workshops. These link a number of curriculum areas. This year there is an added focus on raising boys’ achievement in literacy, speaking and listening.

Wayne Walker - Allen

Composer & Performer


Spirits of the Sea is a Great Place Tees Valley project.