Spotlight On: Eye of Newt

In this week’s Artist Spotlight, we are speaking with another one of our commissioned artists… or rather group of artists!

At the end of last year, our Burnley Community Promoters Group chose Eye of Newt to make a piece of outdoor theatre for Summer 2020. Unfortunately, we’ve had to postpone the premiere of ‘The Cabinet of Curiosities’ until Spring 2021, so that we can not only keep our audiences safe, but also make sure we bring them the best possible piece of outdoor theatre we can!

Here Eye of Newt tells us a little bit more about who they are and the type of work they make…

Who are you?

We are Eye of Newt; Sandra McCracken, Rowan Taylor and Mel Daniels – based at our workshop in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

What do you normally do?

We make engaging and interactive street theatre. Sometimes it’s gentle and beautiful, like our Hare and Moon walkabout show, sometimes silly and raucous like Zazelle and The Great Farini – our bear, smoking cannon and flying chicken combo.

What are you doing at the moment?

All three of us are working from our homes at the moment. We’re making sections of our Cabinet of Curiosity for premiere in Burnley next year. The Cabinet is a bit like a big storytelling puzzle cube, so there’s lots of problem solving and experimenting to be done. We’re also exploring ways of creating new and exciting street theatre in a socially distanced environment, which is interesting/challenging/slightly terrifying.

Oh, and we have a LOT of children, so homeschool is also interesting/challenging/slightly terrifying.

Where can people find you?

We can be found on our Facebook and Instagram pages, at the moment we’re sharing the daft puppet films we’ve been making with our children. We’ll be dropping in photos of work in progress and any fun stuff that we think people might like to join in with.

Your top tip for staying creative/inspired/busy while at home?

Laughter. Do whatever makes you laugh the most. We’re called Eye of Newt because there’s three of us and we make magical theatre, but honestly, it’s mostly because of the cackling. We’d highly recommend talking nonsense with people you find amusing. Come up with a daft idea and egg each other on until you’ve made something very silly.


Are you a Lancashire based artist or creative? We want to put the spotlight on you! To get involved email Stephie ( with your answers to the questions above, a photo of you or your work, and all your online and social media links.

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