Wattle & Daub

The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak

A monstrous chamber opera for puppets based on the true story of Tarrare the Freak, an 18th century French revolutionary spy with an insatiable appetite for live cats, snakes, and the occasional amputated limb. Tarrare’s grizzly story ends on the autopsy table – a defining moment in medical history.

Featuring over twenty puppets, a male soprano, virtuosic musicians and a thrilling original score by internationally renowned pianist and composer Tom Poster, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak tells the extraordinary true story of one man’s quest to be human.

Macabre, witty and oddly beautiful, this is a unique and affecting show from one of the country’s most distinctive and talented new puppetry companies.

Age guidance: 12+


A Chamber Opera by Tom & Tobi Poster
Directed by Sita Calvert-Ennals
Story in collaboration with Hattie Naylor
Production Design by Rebecca Wood
Puppet Design by Wattle & Daub



"A witty, eccentric and beautifully realised production that will haunt you from the start to finish."

Female Arts



The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak

8 March 2017 - 8:00 pm
9 March 2017 - 8:00 pm

Full Price: £16 + fee*
Concessions: £13 + fee*
Members: £10 + fee*

Extra information

*A transaction fee of £2 per booking will be applied to customers paying in person or over the phone with a credit or debit card (capped at £1 for a single ticket)

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