Grist to the Mill were delighted to be Resident Company at The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton (2012-2013), a one year puppetry residency offered in collaboration with Puppet Centre, London.

The residency provided research and development opportunities and practical advice, support and mentoring for Grist to the Mill who worked with the Nuffield Youth Theatre on ‘Too Much Normal‘ a Flash puppetry event in John Lewes, Southampton, ran puppetry workshops in Southampton and developing ‘Thinking it and Fainting‘ a new show which premiered at London’s SUSPENSE Puppetry Festival 2013.


Puppet Centre and The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton are delighted to announce that Isobel Smith, of Grist to the Mill, has been selected as the Puppeteer in residence for 2012-13 at the Nuffield Theatre.

“The Nuffield is delighted to be developing a relationship with The Puppet Centre and through them with the very best makers of puppet theatre. We are excited about Isobel’s work as she makes beautiful evocative theatre which we believe our audiences will thoroughly enjoy. The Nuffield is committed to investing in the development of new work and supporting early and mid-career artists, including hosting three resident companies. Isobel is a welcome addition to this fold and we are looking forward to working with her in the autumn.”

Kate Anderson, Executive Director, The Nuffield Theatre

“Puppet Centre is thrilled that Isobel Smith of Grist to the Mill has been selected as the Puppeteer in Residence at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. This is a unique opportunity for a puppeteer to be supported by a forward thinking producing theatre and I believe it will bring anticipated and surprising results to both Isobel as an artist and her ground breaking and highly creative work  and to the Nuffield Theatre and their audiences.”
Linda Lewis, Director Puppet Centre