Onwards and Upwards

Deep underground, beneath scrambled wires and twisting pipes lives Luna; an inventor and fixer of broken bits and bobs.

Luna’s never lost her bobble hat to a gust of wind, jumped in a puddle, or even seen the stars! In fact, she’s never been to Uptop at all. She’s got everything she needs right here in Downblow.

But when a broken compass clatters into her workshop, Luna’s world is turned upside down as she uncovers the extraordinary real-life adventures of the first women to cross oceans, skies and to reach the very top of the world.
Could Luna become an explorer too?

With their signature blend of storytelling, puppetry and beautiful live music INKBLOC ensemble present ‘Onwards and Upwards’, a story about digging deep, for explorers of all ages!

Directed by Helena Middleton (The Wardrobe Ensemble’s The Star Seekers, The Time Seekers and Little Tim & The Brave Sea Captain).


20th July at the Pound Arts Centre, Corsham  |  2pm 

Creative Team

Devised by the Company

Director: Helena Middleton

Luna, Composer, Writer, Producer: Alison Cowling

Holly, Puppeteer, Producer: Claire Crawford

Compass, Noel: Toby Robertshaw

Sound Designer: Jack Morrison

Movement Director: Alex Wollacott

Set & Costume Design: Molly Hawkins

Assistant Designer: Jennie Harris

Lighting Design: Luke Emmett

Lighting & Sound Ops : Maddie Coward & Imogen Senter


“A magnificent concoction…the show is non-stop. It whirls with energy throughout. Lovely fun!” ****

Bath Echo

“A life-affirming show, we loved it! They bought girl-power and adventure to life!”

Kids Of Bath

Supporters & partners

We have been lucky enough to be supported by some fantastic partner organisations on this show.

Thank you to the wonderful supporters of our Crowdfunder, especially those who donated a significant amount. Our heartfelt thanks goes to: David Baker, Graeme Cowling, Heather Crawford, Roisin Devine, Jackie Fowler, Julie and Ashley Green, Freddie Green, Claire Harding, Ros Hitchen, Andy Kelly, Robbie Kornitchsky, John Middleton, Lorna Montgomery, UK Pigeon, Pam Robertshaw and Matthew Whittle.