About us

Scratchbuilt productions is a multi award winning theatre company founded in 2006 with an aim of creating aesthetically stimulating shows for children and adults alike.

Using mask and puppetry Scratchbuilt productions combine great original story telling with exquisitely handcrafted design. They work with a variety of artists ranging from animators, musicians, comediennes, circus performers and balloon modellers!

Nick Ash Scratchbuilt’s cofounder is in high demand as a puppet and set builder. The company are based at and supported by Proteus Theatre in Basingstoke .

Current shows

Christmas Fairy shoes

A beautiful interactive show for the family at Proteus creation space

Hansel and Gretel

Scratch Built Productions in association with Proteus Theatre Company invites you to step inside a fairytale world for a magical journey into the woods…

Featuring magical puppets by award-winning puppeteer Nick Ash and toe-tapping folk songs written by Arran Glass from folk band Apple of my eye,

The Women who won the war!

The show is based on the real lives of the Thornycroft girls who worked in the factory where they built tanks and bullets!

An interactive 25 min show about the munitions workers of the World Wars. Everyone is welcome to come and watch the girls make a life sized kit car which children can actually ride in.

Knight Time

What would you do if you were face to face with a dragon?
Is jousting as painful as it looks? Just what is the best way to shine rusty armour? 

Join Jack as he finds out the hard way in this magical show.  Cheer Jack on as he competes in “The Knight Trials” and follow him on his adventures with his loyal horse Raspberry. There’s enough adventure for everyone and you might even get to see a dragon or two!

The Shed of Stories

The shed is a multipurpose performance space. 

Tales will be told at various intervals throughout the day.  Between story times the shed becomes a pop-up library where children and families can read together. 

How to Be a Hero?

How to be a hero performed at the Basingstoke Oktoberfest

“Have no fear fair maidens! With courage in your heart, truth in your soul and luck on your side, you can do anything. I’m here to save you and not even a Razor-Backed Snapper can stop me!”

Past Shows

The Magical Christmas Toyshop

Review in Basingstoke Gazette

Come and explore the Magical Christmas Toy Shop – a marvellous emporium full of extraordinary, one-of-a-kind toys!

Enjoy Scratch Built’s trademark mix of interactive storytelling, puppetry, music and sensory elements, all with a generous dusting of festive magic! Created specifically to be enjoyed by the youngest members of the family, and as something a little different from a traditional Christmas show, the Creation Space will be transformed into an immersive walkthrough adventure where children are encouraged to explore, play, create and interact with the enchanting surroundings and colourful characters that they meet along the way.

Step inside this treasure trove of festive delights, and experience the wonder of Christmas through your little one’s
eyes as the magical toy shop comes to life! Who knows, you may even meet our most famous customer!

The Dream Space

Co Production with The Globe Theatre and Royal and Dearngate

Excerpt from the Oxford Mail

“This fun filled performance plunges into an exciting and magical world…what an amazingly, imaginative, intoxicating way to bring Shakespeare to life for children…totally mind blowing” – The Stage

Discover a world of wonder, magic and mayhem and help mischievous Puck and fabulous friends on their quest within The Midsummer Night’s DREAM SPACE.

These 60 minute immersive storytelling performances are told by a stellar cast of performers and puppets, directed by Dani Parr (Associate Director of the Royal & Derngate in Northampton), music soundscapes created by Grammy award winner Al Stone (Producer for artists such as Jamiroquai and Björk), puppets and designs created by our partners in the programme Scratchbuilt Productions and puppetry direction by Finn Caldwell (from Handspring “Warhorse” – and Blind Summit).

Expect the unexpected in a world filled with fabulous fairies, playful puppets and magical mayhem!

Santa Town

Review from NorthHants Mums

All aboard the express train to Santa Town! This fully interactive show takes audiences on a magical journey through a winter wonderland and into a town like no other. You’ll meet a variety of festive characters and if you are very lucky you might meet the big man himself!

How Do Reindeers fly?

Except from Arts Council England

Review from NorthHants Mum

Have you ever looked up into the sky, and asked yourself the question; how do reindeer fly? Christmas Eve can be a bit daunting for a young reindeer about to make her first trip around the world. So many questions… What if I get lost? Will I get hungry on the way? What if I’m afraid of heights! Everything is ready. The presents are wrapped and Father Christmas’s cloak is back from the dry cleaners. There is just one problem for the young reindeer… how does she fly?

The Three Sillies

co production with Arcola Theatre and Small Truth Theatre and winner of the Family Arts Award

Review from Little London

On instruction from the Mayor of Sillyton, you have been invited to come and experience a shindig to end all shindigs!

Created by the wonderful team that brought the acclaimed DREAM SPACE to Shakespeare’s Globe, THE THREE SILLIES is a wonderfully inventive, immersive and intoxicating theatre production (created specifically for families of all shapes, sizes and disguises).

THE THREE SILLIES brings an old English folk tale to vivid life, weaved amongst the REAL traditional gaming and food stalls – Maypoles, coconut shies, splat the rat and tin can alley contests, tea urns and delicious cake stalls.

Here you will regain the lost art of collective silliness, and rediscover your inner silly billy!

Father Christmas’ Christmas List

Come and meet Father Christmas and his elves, who are very busy getting everything ready. This fully interactive show takes you on a journey around Santa’s Grotto, introducing all the fun and festive characters that make Christmas Day possible and, if you’re very good, you will get to meet Father Christmas himself!

The perfect festive treat for younger audiences (and the young at heart), featuring music, puppets, dancing and lots and lots of participation.


Sarah and Duck, Gorilla, Under the Rainbow,

Polka Theatre

Sneak Peak of the stage show and puppets byh Nick Ash
trailer for Polka theatre’s production of Gorilla
Trailer for Under the Rainbow

The Lost World, The adventures of Doctor Dolittle

Illyria Theatre

T-Rex designed and built by Nick Ash from Scratchbuilt Productions
All puppets made by Nick Ash

The big enormous present, Snowflake, Burglar Bill

The Pied Piper Theatre

Nick built set pieces for the Big Enormous Present
Snowflake. Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse CREDIT Geraint Lewis
Nick made set and puppets for Burglar Bill

Makes and Hires

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