Potatohead Announced For York Theatre Royal

Have a mash-ing time with Potatohead, the performer with a chip on her shoulder

Freddie Hayes is Potatohead

York Theatre Royal Studio, 10 June

The ‘gloriously bonkers’ Freddie Hayes is a new potato on the comedy circuit with her debut one-potato show called, perhaps inevitably, Potatohead. The show – a starch raving adaptation of Doctor Faustus and the Seven Deadly Sins… with puppets – comes to York Theatre Royal Studio on 10 June.

In the summer, Potatohead will be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe as the York Theatre Royal supported show with Pleasance Edinburgh National Partnerships.

Undoubtedly, audiences will have a mash-ing time with a character with a chip on her shoulder who comes from York.

Freddie Hayes is a performer, maker and puppeteer who is “hovering between childish puppetry and late night entertainment”. She says her love for the absurd is prevalent in her work and she wishes to convey the stupidity of life through her work. Often autobiographical, Freddie reflects on her life through relatable characters, scenarios or themes.

Freddie studied puppetry at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from 2015 to 2018. Since graduating with Puppetry BA she has been creating solo shows and performing around the UK comedy, festival and cabaret circuit. As well as performance, she crafts bespoke puppets, props and costumes.

Potatohead tells the story of a humble spud Charlotte who dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian. But how does a couch potato grow to become a golden wonder? With elements of kitsch cabaret and old school entertainment, this original new writing blends surrealist comedy and traditional theatre for a highly entertaining and joyful performance.

Potatohead, says Freddie, is “an unadulterated celebration of silliness”.

As for Potato puppeteer Freddie’s York connections, she’s a former artist-in-residence at Southland Studios. Past performances include Fred’s Microbrewery at the Great Yorkshire Fringe 2019 and York Theatre Royal Pop-up Festival. Her puppet film Fred and Sharon was filmed and created in York.

She’s an artist in residence at Slung Low Theatre, an associate artist of Slap York, resident puppeteer at Folkestone Puppet Festival and a Luke Rollason Memorial Bursary Award winner.