Pangolin by Jon Boustead

“They’re poaching for pangolins, one of a kind, 
Creatures with features so oddly designed. 
Their rarity fetches a most handsome price, 
And Mum’s setting out to capture her slice!
Now comes the moment that Girl’s always feared,
Mum’s quest to test the child she’s reared.
It’s going to take courage, of that she’s aware,
But to challenge her mother, will she even dare?”

Presented in association with the Born Free Foundation and written for family audiences, Pangolin is a thrilling, funny and thought-provoking new play, telling the tale of the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal, and one young girl who learns what it really means to have courage in your convictions.

Proudly supported by Arts Council England, as Pangolin embarks on a phase of research and development.

Pangolin-Comp-Image-colourPangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal, with all eight species ranging from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered, as classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

This play is a refreshing opportunity to share what is a current and vital conservation message. Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world, and thousands are taken from the wild each year for their meat and scales. Despite this, many people are unaware of these amazing animals.”

– Born Free Foundation


With puppets, an original musical score and a script full of poetry, rhymes and characters that remind you of the very best of Roald Dahl, Pangolin is a playful and enticing performance for family audiences. Pangolin has a strong and accessible message to inspire young people about the positive impact we can all have in protecting our planet and the creatures that live in it.


Pangolin created by Sheryl Hill and Jon Boustead

Written by Jon Boustead

Directed by Sheryl Hill

Design by May Jennifer Davies

Movement Direction by Lily Howkins

Composed by Peter Wilson

UPDATE: Thank you to all of our supporters who helped us reached our crowdfunding target for Pangolin, providing us with much needed funds towards our tour. Please check back regularly for further information about our upcoming tour and where our pangolin will be visiting!