Devised and Performed by Hot Coals Theatre.


Two hearts, one cottage and a book with all the ‘answers’…

A modern folk story for our times..


Once upon a time, tucked away in a small rickety cottage, deep in the heart of the forest, a woodcutter goes about his life in a world of woodland magic. When one day a stranger knocks at his door bringing with her a most unexpected of spells…


But when the pressure of social expectation worms its way to the centre of their lives bringing confusion to their hearts, a choice must be made; stay and conform or run and be free… or is there another way?


Hot Coals return with a fairytale of love and longing. Expect to laugh and cry in this poignant and moving piece using physical theatre, clown and mask to capture the hearts of grownups and thinking families.


Knock Knock has been created to be complete inclusive to both Deaf & hearing audiences.


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Devised and Performed by Hot Coals Theatre


Tick Tock..Tick Tock, everyone dance to the sound of Pharaoh's junkyard clock!


Hot Coals are back with a fun filled, touching piece inspired by the story of Moses, in the form of music and comical happneings in a highly visual piece with no dialogue this show is accessible to both Deaf and hearing audiences in a shared experience!


Two endearing and quirky characters living on a dump on the fringes of society have their lives turned upside down. The dicovery of a tiny baby hidden amongst the rubble catches them by surprise. But where did it come from? Does it come with a manual?! And is it a gift from above or did it get washed down the river?


Join these colourful idiots and step into the strange and murky world of Mr Pharaoh and his daughter as they grapple with their new routine.


"...charming piece of physical comedy...a heart warming double act.."

Broadway Baby


"Hot Coals have found the perfect balance between humour, saddness & sincerity in this heart warming show."

Three Weeks


"A gem; its warm, touching and highly enjoyable."

A Younger Theatre



Devised and Performed by Hot Coals Theatre


In an old, old house, there’s an old, old staircase and up that old, old staircase, there’s an old, old room, and in that old, old room are three old, OLD sisters.

This darkly comic and cartoon-like piece is a window into the quirky and tender world of three sisters as they fight the system to keep their independence.

In an old room where ‘eighty-something’ year old; Olga, Masha and Irina reside,  words have lost their place and physical comedy, walking sticks and false teeth come to life. No previous experience of Chekhov required!

This production has no dialogue and shares its story through beautifully choreographed set pieces to music, physical comedy, clowning, physical theatre and larger than life characters. Storm in a Teacup is a fun and touching journey through afternoon tea rituals, birthday cakes and chamber pots. "Joyful. Physical. Beautiful.”



After performing an extract of their first show, Storm in a Teacup at Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator evening in September 2013, Hot Coals were invited back by the theatre for a month long run of the full show in the theatre’s Park90 space, in Feb/March 2014.

The run proved a great success with audiences and reviewers alike, gaining 5 star reviews, and a great following.


Next, Storm in a Teacup went to the Marlborough Theatre for the Brighton Fringe Festival, where it was, again brilliantly received by audiences, with sell-out shows and another 4-star review from Fringe Guru. 

Storm in a Teacup next took part in The RADA Festival in July 2014, to the delight of Ed Kemp, head of the school, and other RADA pillars.


Storm in a Teacup  then toured the country for the company’s first rural tour, having charmed rural scheme directors and promoters alike.

The show also went abroad! Performing at the Prague Festival in Czech Republic and then lastly off to the world famous Edinburgh Festival in August.


In June 2014 Hot Coals participated in the Global Summat to end sexual violence in Conflict at the Excel for Amnesty International performering a rehearsed reading of 'Even if we Loose our Lives', first hand accounts from Afghan women and human rights defenders, scripted by Christine Bacon.


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