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Stinky McFish and the World’s Worse Wish

Sunday 11 April 2021 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Sunday 11 April 2021

9:00am to 9:00pm

Jo’s Portable Art Department

Suitable for ages 4-8


Duration: 35 minutes

Performed by Joanna Neary / Written by Joanna Neary and Joseph Nixon

Directed by Emma Edwards / Puppets by Katherine Morton / Songs by Heather Minor

Produced by Julia Cloughley-Sneddon

Stinky McFish And The World’s Worse Wish is a seaside tale, inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ traditional fairy story ‘The Frog Prince’. Stinky the Crab longs to be human. Can little Lucy help to make his dreams come true? Or should Stinky be careful what he wishes for? With original songs and music and a cast of characters, Marina Fishwife tells the tale of Stinky McFish’s worse wish and how the little creatures work together to make life in the rock-pools good again for everyone. An original and beautifully crafted, comedy puppet show about friendship and home with the chance for a tiny creature to help save the day.

You will also be able to download 4 fun activities:-

  1. How to make a crab puppet 
  2. How rock pools are made including a song 
  3. How to explore rock pools safely
  4. Two seaside colouring sheets    


Audience feedback, Brighton Festival 2019

‘What a brilliant show. Loved the craft interlude and the kids still have their crab puppets!’

‘Hilarious. Haven’t laughed this much in ages. Oh and the children really enjoyed it’

‘Jo’s sense of humour is infectious and she’s got the knack of being able to make the show fun for young and old’

Joanna starred for two series in So Awkward on CBBC as Miss Jones, (the Librarian with A Moustache) and also in Young Dracula (also CBBC).

She has performed in shows for older children on Channel 4 such as Skins and My Mad Fat Diary. Joanna recently worked as a presenter for a Radio 4 arts programme, curating contributions from children and grown ups, ‘The Art Of Now – Inbox’ in 2018 (available to hear on iplayer).

Nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award –Newcomer for her first solo show and also Leicester Comedy Festival (Best Show) in 2016, Joanna has won Best Actor awards for her character comedy from Latest Awards and Fringe Report.


Here’s a short introduction from Jo (this video clip will be played before the recorded show)



Ticket Prices

We would like this event to be as accessible as possible to you and your family and ask that you make a contribution which best reflects your current circumstances, in doing so please remember that this has been an extremely difficult year for artists and performers.  

Please note only one ticket is required per family.

Contribution A –  £10

Contribution B –  £7

Contribution C – £5

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Accessing the event 

Once you have booked your ticket, you will be sent a link to the Event Page along with a password to access the page. Please note that this page will not be available until Sunday 11th April @ 9am. If you try and access the page prior to this time, it will show as an error message.


Puppet Animation Festival 2021 Trailer on Vimeo

The UK’s longest running performing arts event for families is back, offering young people the chance to discover, escape and create. Experience puppetry performances, workshops and animated films from the comfort of your own home throughout the Easter holidays.


Sunday 11 April 2021
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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