Lliam Paterson


Supported by Scottish Opera’s Education Angels & New Commissions Circle

Due to the ongoing COVID-19/Coronanvirus pandemic, performances of Fox-tot! are now cancelled. Please see our news section for full information.


Until we are able to come out to play in person again, you can find a selection of fun activities for under 5s here, based on the magical, musical world of Fox-tot!


Following a five-star, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lliam Paterson's opera for 12 to 24 month-olds is back on the road for 2020.

A little fox is sent on an adventure to explore the world and learn to see through the eyes of other creatures. Stretched out in the sun as a cat, soaring in the sky as a butterfly... it’s fun to be someone else. But, as Mother Vixen guides her cub’s journey from the shadows, will the little one discover what it takes to become an excellent fox?

Set in a woodland world where anything can happen, this engaging mix of music and puppetry is an interactive experience for small people and their adults to enjoy together. Performed by two singers, a cellist and a percussionist, Paterson’s score draws on influences from French Baroque dances to contemporary opera – all cleverly re-imagined for an audience at the very start of their musical lives. 

‘It's a show that places its audience at the centre (quite literally at times), never once condescending, but always gently challenging small ears and eyes.’ The List, 2019

Lliam, director Roxana Haines and designers Giuseppe Belli and Emma Belli (BambinO 2017) have created a show that is full of imagination – a magical journey of discovery for those taking their first small steps into the big wide world.

Running time approx. 45 mins

Co-commissioned and co-produced with Royal & Derngate, Northampton. This production is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Supported by: Scottish Opera’s Education Angels, New Commissions Circle, Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust, Forteviot Charitable Trust, Thomson Charitable Trust & Leng Charitable Trust


Cast & Creatives

Bethan Langford

Daniel Keating-Roberts

Laura Sergeant

Michael D Clark/Darren Gallacher

Roxana Haines

Giuseppe Belli & Emma Belli

Puppet Designer
Mervyn Millar for Significant Object

What the press said

'A show that places its audience at the centre (quite literally at times), never once condescending, but always gently challenging small ears and eyes.'  The List

'The musical score was a wonderful and gentle introduction to opera for tiny ears and the story struck the right balance of simple yet imaginative, perfect for its target audience.' ★ Edinburgh Festivals for Kids

★★★★ Broadway Baby 

★★★★ The Scotsman 
★★★★ The Herald 
★★★★ The Daily Mail 

With thanks to the following people for their help with the Research and Development of Fox-tot! :

Jennifer Bates, Julie Burns, Caitlyn Fergusson, Marie Hart, Katie Hutcheson, Piran Legg, Karen MacIver, Douglas Nairn, Steinvor Palsson and Benjamin Williamson