Start with a cantankerous, ninety-nine-year-old with a taste for gambling and homebrew; add in an obsessive adopted grandson and finish with an oversized fowl with an iron will and a fondness for romantic movies. What do you get? You get FUP. A hilarious and heart-warming tale of a Grandaddy, his Grandson and an ass-kicking duck who will change their world forever.
This wildly irreverent adaptation of Jim Dodge’s cult classic novel was a joyous smash hit when it was co-produced by Kneehigh in 2016. Featuring live foot-stomping music and quacking puppetry, the original company (including Minack favourites Ben Sutcliffe, Zaid Al-Rikabi and David Mynne) return to recreate FUP: a big hearted, uproarious modern fable set in a wild and wonderful Cornwall a bit like this one.
Written and directed by Simon Harvey
Based on the novel by Jim Dodge
Designed by Elroy Ashmore
Music composed by Ben Sutcliffe and played by The People’s String Foundation
Original production developed with Kneehigh
Fup 2023 at The Minack
20th Sep – 5th Oct
Fup is returning in Autumn 2023 with a brand new production at Cornwall’s iconic clifftop theatre, the Minack. Find out more and book tickets at minack.com.
Performance dates 20th Sep 2023 – 5th Oct 2023
“Joyful and Profound“
The Stage ****
“With live music, big, earthy performances and heart-melting puppetry, this comedy has a joyous, celebratory fizz and a piercing melancholy“
The Times ****
“Fup combines whimsy and magic with wit and melancholy to create something truly home-grown and heartwarming which leaves you as every fable or fairytale should: content, reflective and completely enchanted.“
Broadway World ****