Fup: A Modern Fable - Kneehigh Asylum

Kneehigh and o-region
Based on the novel by Jim Dodge
Adapted & directed by Simon Harvey

"With live music, big earthy performances and heart-melting puppetry, this comedy has a joyous, celebratory fizz and a piercing melancholy"
★★★★ The Times

The Santee family are unconventional, to say the least. One hundred year old Grandaddy Jake and his enormous grandson Tiny live life on the fringes, drinking whiskey, building fences, boasting of immortality. But then, Fup arrives – an ass-kicking, web-footed, feathery sonofagun. See, Fup is a duck. A very big duck. A very big duck indeed... And she is going to change their world forever.

FUP is a big-hearted, uproarious modern fable about family, love and nature set in a weird and wild Cornwall not so different from this one. Featuring live, foot-stomping music, quacking puppetry and Kneehigh’s infamous eccentricity and charm, FUP is a story like no other.

FUP was a huge hit at Kneehigh’s 2016 Asylum and we’re delighted to bring it back to Cornwall ahead of a UK tour this autumn.

Suitable for adults, teenagers and adventurous children over the age of 10.

*Site opens at 2.30pm for matinees and 6pm for evening performances.

Dates + Times
Fri 7 September: 7.30pm
Sat 8 September: 3pm + 7.30pm
Mon 10 September: 7.30pm
Tue 11 September: 7.30pm
Wed 12 September: 7.30pm
Thu 13 September: 7.30pm
Fri 14 September: 7.30pm
Sat 15 September: 3pm + 7.30pm
Mon 17 September: 7.30pm
Tue 18 September: 7.30pm
Wed 19 September: 7.30pm
Thu 20 September: 7.30pm
Fri 21 September: 7.30pm
Sat 22 September: 3pm + 7.30pm

To purchase your tickets for FUP please click here.

Image:Steve Tanner

Food & drink

Soak up the atmosphere of the gardens and enjoy some delicious street food in the Olive Area.

Throughout Kneehigh’s summer of pandemonium, we also invite you to sample the delights of our new pizza oven! Enjoy a homemade to order pizza and drink for just £10.50 from any time between 12pm and 7. Choose from a selection of some of our favourite alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to compliment your scrumptious pizza!

The Heligan Kitchen team cater to all dietary requirements so please do let how chefs know how they can provide you with the perfect start to your evening.

This deal consists of 1 x pizza and 1 x pint of ale, cider, lager or a small house white, Red, Rose or a soft drink.