DITTO are an award-winning family theatre company specialising in puppetry, movement and storytelling, with an aim to educate and inspire.
Ditto Theatre Company was established in September 2016, shortly after its members graduated from East 15 Acting School’s BA Physical Theatre course. Upon graduating the company received the 2016 East 15 Graduate Award. With their debut show, ‘Ingo’s War’, Ditto were finalists for the 2017 Les Enfants Terribles Award and following on from their run at Brighton Fringe, became winners of the 2017 Reviews Hub: Beyond the Fringe Award. Following on from their success at Brighton Fringe, ‘Ingo’s War’ was nominated for an Eddies Award during it's run at Edinburgh Fringe 2017.
Since then, the company have toured their work both nationally and internationally at venues and festivals such as the egg, Theatre Royal Bath; Nonsuch Studios; The Garage; The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's; Greenwich Theatre; Lyric Hammersmith; the 2018 Xintiandi Festival in Shanghai and Shanghai Grand Theatre, performing as part of the 2018 Shanghai International Mime Showcase.
In 2018, Ditto were commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland to develop 'Rocket Girl' as part of their Exchange programme. Since then, the show has been shortlisted for the 2019 Untapped award in association with New Diorama and Underbelly and received critical acclaim at Edinburgh Fringe in 2019.
Ditto have previously worked alongside Tangled Feet as part of their year-long mentoring scheme for young and emerging theatre ensembles. The company were recipients of Farnham Malting's 2019 No Strings Attached grant to develop their latest show, 'The Unexpected Adventures of Darwin the Chimp', whilst also receiving mentoring and support from the venue. The company were also recipients of In Good Company's Artist Support Fund, to develop the show further for touring in Easter 2020. However due to the Covid-19 pandemic this tour has been postponed to October 2021.
The company has continued to work remotely and during Summer 2020 have devised a series of online creative content for young people called, 'Ditto's Digital Adventures', utilising theatre, storytelling and creative play.
Ditto also tours their shows in both schools and community settings as well as leading workshops in Puppetry and Devising for both children and adults alike.