Hugh Hughes in...

Winner M-ie Best Live Theatre Event 2009
Winner Total Theatre Award 2006
Nominated for The Stage Best Actor Award 2006

“A piece of genius…charming,
surreal, warm-hearted.”

The Scotsman 4 stars

The incredible story of the day when the Isle of Anglesey floated away from mainland Wales.

Floating is the first of Hoipolloi’s shows with Hugh, and has toured the world since opening in Belfast in Sept 2005. It is the story of when an earthquake separated the Isle of Anglesey from Wales, and the island went off on a voyage around the Atlantic Ocean.

Using a variety of multimedia devices and some dramatic re-enactments, Hugh and his collaborator, Sioned, take their audience on the journey with them. It’s a fantastical adventure with just enough supporting evidence to make it seem plausible.

Floating is the first of Hugh’s theatre shows and the wide-eyed, warm-hearted attitude he brings to a performance and an audience has been carried on into his other shows. His child-like way of looking and wondering at the world began here and continues through all of his later work.

In September 2011, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a new adaptation of Hugh’s story. The piece won Best Scripted Comedy Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards.

To find out more about Floating from Hugh’s perspective, visit his website here.

“I found myself utterly charmed by both Hughes and Rowlands as they played out this strange and beautiful story… A rewarding experience and well worth a watch.”
The Independent 4 stars


Created and performed by Hugh and Sioned

Artistic Associates for Floating
Shôn Dale-Jones, Jill Norman, Stefanie Mueller, Alex Byrne
and Guy Myhill

First performance: Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast, 12 September 2005

Production Photos

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If you’re interested in booking this show for your venue or festival, please download the following information.

Hugh Hughes in Floating – touring info (Aug11)

To discuss your interest further, please contact Simon Bedford, Hoipolloi’s Executive Producer, at


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