The Borrowers

Below the floorboards of a large house in Bristol, we are plunged into the quirky, wonky, miniature world of young Arrietty and her family of Borrowers. Making use of anything and everything they find ‘upstairs’, from cotton buds to crisp packets, string to Subutteo players, the Borrowers are the original up-cyclers.

However their quiet existence is torn apart by the arrival of a family of Human Beans and soon the quiet ticking of the grandfather clock is replaced by Hoovers, TVs and the sound of Tom Jones on the radio. Arrietty longs to see what life is like for the new family of giants and her friendship with the eight year old Eddie is the opportunity to do just that.


“This captivating family Christmas show fizzes with exuberance, inventiveness and fun” – British Theatre Guide

★★★★★ – BroadwayWorld Uk  ★★★★ – The Stage  ★★★★ – Stagetalk Magazine  ★★★★ – The Reviews Hub 

 “delightful, perfectly judged adaptation” – The Stage

“The Borrowers is full of wit and silliness and heart” – Exuent

 “this playful adaptation of Norton’s novel is as delightfully confident and unapologetically joyful” – The Reviews Hub


Adapted for the stage by Bea Roberts

Directed by Nik Partridge

Composer & Musical Director David Ridley

Designer Rosanna Vize  / Lighting Designer Jess Bernberg / Circus Director Gwen Hales / Assistant Director Jenny Davies

Eddie Simon Armstrong
Pod Craig Edwards
Arrietty Jessica Hayles
Homily Peta Maurice
Young Eddie David Ridley
Musician/Performer Ellie Showering
Mrs Driver Lucy Tuck