Hugh Hughes in...

Winner Scotsman Fringe First Award 2007
Nominated for a Total Theatre Award 2007

“This is heartfelt and insightful stuff that has great power to move. Highly recommended.”
Evening Standard 4 stars

The story of how losing a neighbour’s rabbit helped Hugh unravel the meaning of life.

Hugh’s second theatre show with Hoipolloi, Story of a Rabbit, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007 and won a prestigious Fringe First Award from The Scotsman.

Story of a Rabbit is really two stories, one about Hugh losing his neighbour’s rabbit and the other is about Hugh’s father. Together these stories allow Hugh to delve into our reactions to death and how we come to terms with grief. Story of a Rabbit is an uplifting show that shines light on life’s final mystery.

Like Hugh’s other shows, Story of a Rabbit is a highly theatrical example of story-telling in which Hugh welcomes audiences into his own charmingly off-kilter world.

To find out more about Story of a Rabbit from Hugh’s perspective, visit his website here.

To hear more about the process behind the creation of Story of a Rabbit, read a blog from Shon Dale-Jones, Hoipolloi’s Artistic Director here.

“At times, Story of a Rabbit is heartbreaking, yet such is Hughes’ infectious optimism you can’t help but leave feeling uplifted and happy to be alive. In fact, Hughes should be prescribed as medicine for depressives.”
Metro 4 stars

A clip from the show


Created by Hugh and Aled Williams

Performed by Hugh and Aled (or sometimes his brother Dafydd)

Artistic Associates for Story of a Rabbit
Shôn Dale-Jones, Richard Couldrey, Stefanie Mueller, Alex Byrne
and Guy Myhill

First performance: New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich, 31 May 2007

Originally produced by Hoipolloi and the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

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 Story of a Rabbit – touring info (Aug11)

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


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