Amy Rose directed Michele O’Brien in this versatile, one-woman show that tells the history of the spice trade for family audiences.  The performance is centred around a simple, but beautifully crafted spice box that, through the use of puppetry and simple transformations of scale, performance and design, supports the story as a queen’s balcony, a ship’s deck, an East Indian nutmeg grove, and much more. Puppets and set designed by Chris Pirie.

‘The Spice Box is an engaging piece that takes you to faraway places, performed with humour and conviction by the talented Michele O’Brien’
Helen Donaldson, Lighthouse Centre for the Arts, Poole.

Activate Performing Arts

‘Fantastic, Wonderful, Unique, Captivating, Innovative performance’.
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

See the Spicebox website.

The Spicebox has been performed at

  • Bristol Festival of Puppetry
  • Bournemouth Arts Festival by the Sea
  • Aegeas Salisbury International Arts Festival
  • Activate Performing Arts
  • Lighthouse Centre for the Arts


Actor, devisor Michele O’Brien
Director Amy Rose
Designer Chris Pirie
Makers  Dan Danson and Teresa Grimaldi