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Freddie Hayes is a Leeds based performance artist, comic and puppeteer and prop maker. Studio holder at East st Arts in Leeds, Freddie was recently granted funding by Arts Council England. She lead a research and development period for her production of "Potatohead" directed by Sh!t Theatre. The production will tour around the UK summer 2022.
Freddie is a fringe centric performer, hovering between the lines of childish puppetry and late night entertainment. Her love for the absurd is prevalent in her work and she wishes to convey the stupidity of life. Often autobiographical, Freddie reflects on her life through relatable characters, scenarios or themes.
Freddie studied puppetry at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 2015-2018. Since graduating she has been creating solo shows and performing around the UK comedy, festival and cabaret circuit.
As well as performance Freddie creates bespoke puppets, props and costumes. Using materials such as foam, paper craft, wood and found objects. Her biggest influences are Paula Rego, Bobby Baker, Twin Peaks and Neville Tranter.
A post-modern comedy epic by Freddie Hayes, the spud-u-will-like.
The potato’s inherent versatility is roundly matched by creator/performer Freddie Hayes’ eclectic range of skills in her wonderfully batty new show.
The show combines puppetry, video, singing, crowd interaction and a strong sense of the surreal. It’s a joyful piece well performed. Freddie Hayes is very engaging to watch. She delights in the appalling potato puns at the start of the show and the strength of her performance is the key to why the show is received with so much enthusiasm. She is a warm, funny and delightfully silly protagonist who, if anything, becomes more daft as the night goes on.
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