About Fishhouse Theatre

Our mission is to make plays by and about women. To tell ordinary stories in extraordinary ways. To make you laugh and break your heart.

We make plays and we take them to audiences. Since 2015, Fishhouse has been writing, producing and performing work at venues regionally, at Nottingham Playhouse and Buxton FringeBrighton Fringe and as part of Live & Local Rural Touring.

Fishhouse was one of China Plate‘s First Bite companies in 2019 and are featuring on Bite Size Festival 2022 with a full performance of Roti Moon.

Fishhouse was shortlisted the Curve/Pleasance National Partnership in 2020 and were a company in development with Live&Local’s DART Scheme for 2019/20.

Fishhouse is resident company at Upstairs at the Western Pub Theatre in Leicester where we are co-directors and co-programme the theatre’s seasons. We programme work which is at least 50% female led and develop new work at the theatre.

Fishhouse is proud to have received Arts Council funding to produce ‘Ruby & Cedar‘ in 2019 and for ‘Powered By Fairydust‘ in 2020

Our Shows

Roti Moon – a charming & fun show for up to 8’s

Roti Moon is featured at China Plate’s Bite Size Festival April 30th 2022 and is touring regional libraries in May 2022 with The Spark Arts Festival for children

Diya thinks her roti is yuck! She’d rather eat pizza!

Her grandad, Dada, tells her that his mother’s, mother’s, mother flipped her roti too high and it landed in the sky. That the moon is a roti! She’s heard that story a million times.

Diya still doesn’t believe him but this time she sets out to find out more about the moon. She meets some charming new animal friends on the way and learns a lot about tolerating other people’s thoughts.

The show is interactive with lots of sounds and actions and before it begins Chandni gives an introduction to theatre for the children, which they love, including a physical and vocal warm up.

Additional information:

Roti Moon is a co-production between Fishhouse Theatre and Upstairs at the Western.

The show represents British Ugandan Asian characters in a funny, emotional and relatable show, written and performed by Chandni Mistry.

The show is aimed at family audiences and has proven to be popular with audiences from all communities in Leicester.

The show deals with food & culture, likes and dislikes, family relationships (intergenerational) and is fun & interactive with original music composed for the show. 

It is a one person show with a fully vaccinated performer & crew. 

Instagram: roti.moon 

Facebook: roti.moon 

Twitter: FishhouseTC 

Ruby & Cedar

By Alison Dunne

Love & grief & space. A new play with its head among the stars.

Sisterhood is eclipsed by sibling rivalry. Sinister, funny & for anyone who’s loved, hated or lost someone.

Ruby & Cedar was developed with Arts Council Funding in collaboration with Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester and Haymarket Theatre, Leicester. It premiered at Arena Theatre in June 2019.

A run at Buxton Fringe in July 2019 garnered this five star review from FringeGuru as well as nominations in Best New Writing and Best Production categories of the Fringe Awards.

Ruby & Cedar was selected for Amplify Festival at Nottingham Playhouse in October 2019 and was shortlisted for the Pleasance National Partnership with Curve Theatre which offers the opportunity for regional theatremakers to go to Edinburgh Fringe.

Ruby & Cedar toured with Live & Local in 2020 and 2021.

See what audiences have said about Ruby & Cedar

Creative Team: Alison Dunne (writer) Jennifer Rigby (director) Blue Merrick & Therese Collins (actors) Lydia Denno (designer) Kit Fordham (stage manager) Pamela Raith (photography) Jane Hearst (videography) Steve Escott (lighting/sound)

Powered by Fairydust

by Alison Dunne & Lesley Emery

A new comedy with a heart of gold.

Developed in association with Live & Local specifically for rural touring.

Janis Barlow is the book volunteer for the local community library – since the cuts, since she was ‘retired’ from the hair salon.

She’s got to keep herself busy.

Janis pops round the county in her Smart car with her basket of books delivering to people who can’t get out to the library. She’s got a secret agenda though … personal development!

She also starts to realise that underneath, it’s her who is lonely and that doing good does you good too.

A feel good play looking rural isolation right in the eye that will make you laugh and maybe shed a little tear.

Arts Council funding means we are redeveloping this show into a one person, Covid friendly touring piece.

Tour Dates:

13th March 2020      7:30 pm Billinghay Community Rooms, Lincolnshire

14th March 2020      7:30 pm Enderby Civic Centre, Leicestershire

Creative Team: Alison Dunne (writer) Lesley Emery (writer/actor/deviser) Jake Leonard (director) Chandni Mistry (actor/deviser) Stuart Reid (actor/deviser) Lydia Denno (designer) Kit Fordham (stage manager) Steve Escott (lighting/sound)

set design by Emma Lane


by Alison Dunne

‘heartwarming, hilarious theatre’

In a theatre cloakroom, the coats come to life & tell Kath’s life story…

Cloaks – this one act play started life at Buxton Fringe Festival in 2016 where is was a ‘word of mouth hit‘ and gathered great audiences and reviews, including this 4* review from Fringe Guru.

Since then Cloaks has toured rural venues & been to Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton & The Y Theatre, Leicester and was on the Live & Local menu to tour rurally in 2020/21

The character of Sam – who multiroles 12 other characters too – is written as a non gendered character.


Please talk to us if you’re interested in getting a producer on board with your theatre or spoken word project.

We have experience of writing successful bids including Arts Council bids, managing projects, booking venues & managing marketing.