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Dave Oliver - Rattlebox Theatre

About the


and from whence

he comes


Rattlebox Theatre is run by myself - Dave Oliver.  Whilst I often work as a one-man show, I sometimes perform with a collection of talented storytellers, musicians and artists on larger projects.

I graduated from Bretton Hall College with a BA Hons in Dramatic Arts and Dramatic Presentation.  Since then, combining my love and knowledge of performance, history, folklore, prop making and puppetry, I have developed a lively performance style and detailed, often fantastical look to my work - whether it be walkabout character, a puppet creation or costumed storytelling.

Dave Oliver - Rattlebox Theatre

I will travel to any part of the country to perform but obviously travel and extra time costs would have to be factored into a performance fee.


"USS Constellation -

Battling for Freedom"

Played the part of Leonnard.
(Indego films for History Channel)

Cawl Potch"

Series 2 - Assistant Prop maker (S4C)

Dr Who (BBC)"

Chris Eccleston Series - worked for a while as a set dresser and small set props builder.


"Cawl Potch"

(BAFTA award winning children's TV series for S4C)

"Junkit" (Peak Viewing)

"Bag People" (Peak Viewing)

"Paint Box" (Peak Viewing)

"Woodpeckers Tales" (Peak Viewing)

"Chicken Shed" (Peak Viewing)

"Cook and Co" (Peak Viewing)

"Gill and Gull" (Peak Viewing)

"Birthday People"

(ITV Westcountry)

As well as voicing and operating the Puppet "Jessie the Seagull" for this sometimes surreal cult TV programme for 4 years, I also co-wrote the scripts with Austin Hackney and Adam Carter.

Birthday people - Rattlebox Theatre
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I have been performing since the 1990's at a variety of places including -

  • Libraries

  • Schools

  • Art Centres

  • Festivals (including  Festival At The Edge(storytelling Festival), Moseley Folk Festival, Salcombe Festival, Saul Canal Festival ,Pilton Green Man Festival, Brixham and Plymouth Pirate festival, Dartmouth Regatta, Tiverton Electric nights food festival, Dwarves of Zennor bronze casting festival, Stainsby Folk festival , Wimborne folk festival, Ilfracombe festival, Sting in the tale storytelling festival, Beverley Puppet Festival

  • Home Ed groups

  • Historical Properties (including Tintagel Castle, Montecute House, Pendennis Castle, Muchelney Abbey, Fort Nelson, Castle Bayard, Old Sarum Castle, Blenheim Palace, Saltram House, Torre Abbey, Knightshayes Court, Dartmouth castle.  Castle Drogo (with Daughters of Elvin) Totnes castle, Farleigh Hungerford’castle  Portland Castle, Hever Castle , West Stow Saxon village. The Old Barn, Coxwell, Aston Hall

  • Fetes and fairs (including Stockland Fair, Dunster by Candle light, Chumleigh Charter Fair, Sampford Peverel Revels, Somerset Green Scythe fair Nos Mayo apple day and Bampton Fair)

  • Historical or re-enactment events (such as Penris Medieval Fair, Exeter Living History fair, Ham Hill History Fayre and Bodmin Swordmaking festival)

  • Village halls ( through numerous Rural Arts touring schemes throughout the south west and beyond; as part of Angelheart Theatre)

  • Museums  (including- Bucks County museum, National Maritime museum Falmouth, Watchet boat museum)

  • Larp events (Dumnonni Chronicles and Heathen)

PLEASE NOTE: For peace of mind; I have equity public liability insurance (£10 million) and an enhanced DRB check.

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