FLUFF – A Story of Lost Toys is a simple, joyful and humorous tale told with a twist.

The Gingham family are very concerned for all the lost and discarded hand-made toys in the world and travel the world to find them. They bring them to their colourful home of odd shaped boxes and welcome them to the family. Each toy is introduced one-by-one, and after seeing a short film of how they came to be lost, they are given a vocal sound, a movement, a piece of music, a night-light……and a nice comfy bed.

It has been acclaimed for its originality, warmth, clever use of comedy and extraordinary combination of song, movement, new technology and audience participation.


Creator & Set Designer
Christine Johnston

Lisa O’Neill

Peter Nelson

Selene Cochrane

Lighting Designer
Ben Hughes

Visual Content
Kylie Burke, Russell Stokes & Christine Johnston


Christine Johnston
Lisa O’Neill
Peter Nelson


they’re astonishing physical comedians
New York Times

By the end, we’ve contributed to a roller- coaster of cunningly recorded sounds and seen music and dance come alive in an exuberant, irresistible salute to the potential in unwanted objects.
Dance Review, Edinburgh

Toy story is simply enchanting…. The pacing is deft and Johnston’s vocal feats a marvel. By the end the children’s participation is guaranteed, and they stream from the theatre with radiant faces.
Sydney Morning Herald

One of the most imaginative shows for the young you will find. Highly sophisticated and great fun… the children – and the adults – loved it!
The Advertiser (Sydney Opera House season)

FLUFF, for me was the absolute highlight of the festival. Christine Johnston created and performed, with her creative team, an absolutely brilliant piece of work. Juxtaposing new technology with handmade toys, this performance was inspired, funny, dark, theatrically clever and sophisticated. ……I strongly recommend you should see it if you get the chance.

The result is an an energetic, theatrically clever show which offers Imaginate Festival audiences the delightful juxtaposition of cutting edge media technology with the genuinely timeless charms of hand-made, bespoke toys.
Paul F. Cockburn, Broadway Baby, Edinburgh





The Art House, Wyong, Australia

The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Australia

Byron Community Centre, Byron Bay, Australia


Imaginate Festival, Ediburgh, Scotland *

The Spark Festival, Leicester, UK *

Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich, Australia

* The 2016 UK Tour of FLUFF – A Story of Lost Toys was assisted by the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.


Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Australia


Segerstrom Centre for the Arts, California, USA

Walter Art Centre, Arkansas, USA

New Victory Theatre, New York, USA

Playhouse Square, Cleveland, USA

Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, USA

The Calgary International Children’s Festival, Calgary, Canada

International Arts Carnival, Hong Kong

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Awesome Festival, Perth, Australia


Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY). Philadelphia, USA *

* Officially selected for a showcase performance at IPAY. This appearance was made possible with assistance from Arts Queensland.