Wrestling the Walrus

Status: Current Project

Wrestling the Walrus - Publicity Image

Wrestling the Walrus - Publicity Image

A 154 Collective and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production – winner of the 2018 Hodgkiss Award.

WRESTLING THE WALRUS is a new play about companionship, connections and the millions of tiny memories that make up a person’s history.

Two people form an unlikely bond over a series of chance encounters. A suitcase full of stories collected over a lifetime, is unpacked to reveal the complexities involved in navigating our own lives, and what happens when we forget to pack the right things.

Expect a feast for the senses that mixes performance, animation, live lyrical music and film. 

Trailer for the 154 Collective theatre show Wrestling the Walrus, winner of the Hodgkiss Award 2018.


Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 28 June - 6 July 2019


Arc Stockton 9 - 10 July 2019


The Yard, London 16 - 18 July 2019



Nik Wood-Jones

Leanne Rowley

Emma Davies (Video)

Musicians: James Dey, Hayley Youell & Nick Lewis

Creative Team:

Director/Lead Artist: Dan Mallaghan

Art Director: Fabric Lenny

Music: James Dey, Hayley Youell & Nick Lewis

Set & Costume Design: Hannah Sibai

Lighting Design: Chris Withers

Animators: Fabric Lenny, Yvonne Roberts, Benjamin Rabe, Matthew Watkins, Lou Sumray

Film Content: Fabric Lenny and Yvonne Roberts

Photography: Yvonne Roberts

Production Manager: Matt Sykes-Hooban

Creative Producer: Ben Rothera