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We are Umbra Penumbra, a duo of theatre makers, who share stories in response to true life events using the ancient art of shadow puppetry.   


We were formed in 2020, and are based in Bristol, England.

Our work conjures up feelings of the magical and mythical, we seek stories from those living life on the edge, in the furthest flung corners of our planet. Despite their fantastical nature, all of our stories are deeply rooted in truth. 

We love telling stories of the weird and wonderful, exploring the narratives within nature and community.


Our work is collaborative and experimental, we are always testing the limits, and learning as we go.


Safah El-Gadi

Recent credits: The Last Hurrah (and the Long Haul), Cornerstone Arts Centre.

Skunk, Ustinov Theatre. 

40 Weeks, Burdall's Yard.

Measure for Measure, Bath Spa Productions.

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Joshua Whisson

Recent credits: The Duchess of Malfi, Lazarus. 

Measure for Measure, Bath Spa Productions.

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