What Happened to You? Outdoor Version

Designed and Directed by Nikki Charlesworth.

There is a clothing bank; one of those huge metal bins, bright yellow and taller than a person that you put charity donations into. This one is for the Society for Really Needy Children. Something moves behind the door…

Dress Rehearsal Photographs credit to Pictured by Lamar

World Stage Design photos by Tim Nguyan

Follow the 2021 UK Tour HERE.

What Happened to You? Is a semi-autobiographical puppetry show. Puppet Designer Nikki Charlesworth challenges the fundamental laws of traditional puppetry with award-winning puppets that boldy reflect her own physicality and move and she moves.

The story follows Little Red, Noodles and Bo, three raggedy puppets, just trying to get through the day. Ahead of them lies a mountain of challenges. Watch them persevere and find creative ways to overcome their impassable surroundings, using humour to dissipate the mounting frustration. Each puppet’s story explores our preconceptions about disability in a playful and humorous way, and showcases the endless opportunities out there once barriers of all kinds are removed.

What Happened to You? Features creative use of Audio Description, embedded into the original score and delivered by “Aidy”, and integrated British Sign Language, introducing children to enhanced access.

In Summer 2022, What Happened to You? was selected to perform at World Stage Design in Calgary, Canada. After a rehearsal process with a Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) consultant, Cindy Pilz, at Deaf and Hear Alberta, What Happened to You? was translated and performed in ASL. From Calgary, the show then went to Toronto, where it performed at Taragon Theatre, in partnership with The Disability Collective.

If you are a Festival or Theatre, across the UK or Canada and interested in hosting What Happened to You? you can download the Tour Pack here. You can also contact us on NCharesworthProductions@gmail.com.

If you would like to enquire about the access in the show, please contact NCharesworthProductions@gmail.com.


“Hit the Spot!”


“Performed with charm and sensitivity”
Audience feedback

Press coverage:


Read our feature in the Ipswich Star

Read Nikki’s interview with City Arts, ahead of the show’s performance at Nottingham Puppet Festival


Read our feature in To Do Canada

Read our feature in NowPlayingToronto.com

Read our feature in Family Fun Canada

Nikki Charlesworth
Bryony McCombie Smith
Robyn Olivia
Georgia Jackson
Mia Ward
Hearns Sebuado