Jenifer Toksvig


Tiny Shows is an event produced by theatre-makers Tom Ryalls and Jenifer Toksvig, under the umbrella of The Larder.

We've done Musical Theatre Tiny Shows in The Larder @ So and So Arts, and three iterations of LGBTQ+ Tiny Shows in The Larder @ Omnibus Theatre

Using a self-organising method called Open Space Technology, creative folk collaborate to write, devise, improvise, direct, stage and perform tiny but perfectly formed works in response to a theme they don't receive until the day itself.

The spontaneity of the process makes this a great opportunity to take risks and experiment: try a new technique, new process, or even a new craft. We throw some spontaneous ideas at the stage and see what happens.

Makers are invited to bring any craft paraphenalia they please, eg: writing stuff, musical instruments, puppet making fabrics, and even things like knitting materials... whatever feels right.

It's also a safe space through which to make new connections with one's work, with with oneself as an artist. We choose venues who will actively engage with the makers and their work during the process, too.

Open Space Technology

Open Space Technology is a system by which a large group of people can self-organise.

It is also used by Improbable theatre company for their Devoted & Disgruntled events.

They have some great guidelines online: click here for video, and here for a written explanation.