Sublime stage rendition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Leaf by Niggle’ goes crowdfunding: Support Puppet State Theatre and get to watch it!

Leaf by Niggle (c) Puppet State Theatre et al.
Leaf by Niggle (c) Puppet State Theatre et al.

The consequences of the global pandemic are felt everywhere. As a freelance translator I am well aware that colleagues in the performing arts are very hard hit by the lack of opportunity to actually perform their work. Puppet State Theatre, an Edinburgh-based theatre company well-known among Tolkien fans for their sublime rendition of Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle are using the crowdfunding opportunities provided by the Edinburgh Fringe Festival so you can get to watch the play online – for one week.

Thanks to the support of the Tolkien Estate Puppet State Theatre have been allowed to film their version of one of Tolkien’s most beautiful and certainly most autobiographical stories he ever wrote. I have seen it twice, both in Oxford and in Birmingham, and I can promise you will love it.

Please consider donating to this crowdfunding right now and get to watch Leaf by Niggle.

More information, reviews and pictures in this PDF.

Addendum: If you donate £10 or more, you can watch ‘JRR Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle’; if you donate £20 or more, you will get to see ‘JRR Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle’ and a Live Q&A with Senior Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature and Co-Director, Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, Dr Dimitra Fimi. If you spend enough you might even get your very own show!


The preparations for the stage at St Anthony’s College in Oxford, provided by the Tolkien Society.

Marcel R. Bülles

A Tolkien fan for thirty years (and more to come...) Founding chairman of the German Tolkien Society, Co-Founder of Ring*Con, Co-Founder of the ITF, host, presenter and fantasy expert