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Discover a sleepy fishing harbour at the end of the First World War -

home to a most curious story of one man, and the timeless tale of a love that defies all odds.

Born in the most unusual circumstances, Benjamin Button is an old man, not at the end of his life, but at the beginning. Trapped in a body where he doesn’t belong, locked away from the world and branded a monster, Benjamin dreams of freedom and adventure. And more than anything, he dreams of love. But just as he gives up hope, resigning himself to a life of solitude, a miracle occurs – a local girl, by the name of Elowen Keene.

But, as we all know, time and tide wait for no man, and as the decades pass, their lives begin to move in reverse. And when war calls Benjamin across the seas, time is not their only enemy.

Based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby.

From Jethro Compton, associate artist of Hall for Cornwall, writer and director of Wolf's Blood (★★★★ The Times) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (★★★★ The Telegraph),

and Darren Clark, winner of the MTI Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award, multi-award winning composer and lyricist of These Trees Are Made of Blood ("The music is a complete delight" The Guardian) and Day of the Living ("Heart-Breaking laments... violent, pitch-black lyrics" - The Times).

From the award-winning team behind The Frontier, Sirenia, Capone and The Bunker Trilogy.


This production has been developed with support from Arts Council England,

The Tolmen Centre, Wiltshire Creative, and Hall For Cornwall.


Book and Lyrics by Jethro Compton

Music and Lyrics by Darren Clark

Director: Jethro Compton
Musical Director: Darren Clark
Associate Director: Ellie Gauge

Puppetry Director: Richard Booth

Movement Direction: Chi-San Howard
Stage and Lighting Design: Schönlatern
Costume Designer: Cecilia Trono

Sound Designer: Michael Woods

Associate Sound Designer: Juan Coolio
Puppetry Design: In The Bellows
Cornish Translator: Pol Hodge
Assistant Director: Birgit Kovacsevich

Stage Manager: Lucy Rees



Matt Burns
Rosalind Ford
Joey Hickman
Philippa Hogg
James Marlowe




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