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What Happened to You?

By Nikki Charlesworth, presented in Leicester Libraries as part of The Spark Festival 2023

Red, Noodles and Bo, three raggedy puppets, are trying to enjoy their day… but there are so many busy bodies getting in their way! But today will be different, they are going to play by their own rules and show the grown-ups who’s boss.

Artist Nikki Charlesworth throws away the rulebook with these award-winning puppets that reflect her own physicality and move as she moves.

This Libraries version of What Happened to You? was supported by Inspire Culture, Learning, Libraries and The Spark Arts for Children


Photography by Graeme Braidwood.

Tour dates

14th February 2023
Beeston Library
14th February 2023
West Bridgford Library
15th February 2023
Mansfield Central Library
15th February 2023
Hucknall Library
16th February 2023
Newark Library
16th February 2023
Southwell Library
17th February 2023
Worksop Library
17th February 2023
Retford Library
18th February 2023
Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre
18th February 2023
The Brite Centre

Find out more

Nikki Charlesworth's website

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