FLUFF - A Story of Lost Toys

 Fluff is a simple, joyful and humorous tale about lost toys told with a twist. It has been acclaimed for its originality, warmth, clever use of comedy and extraordinary combination of song, movement, sampling, projection and audience participation.

About the show

The Gingham Family is very concerned for all the lost and discarded toys in the world. They travel around to rescue them and bring them to their colorful home of odd shaped boxes where they welcome them to the family. Each toy is introduced one-by-one and, after seeing a slide show of how they came to be lost, is given a vocal sound, a movement, a piece of music, a nightlight and a nice comfy bed.

Devised and performed by

Christine Johnston as Joan Gingham

Lisa O'Neill as Betsy Gingham

Peter Nelson as DJ G


Creator & Set Designer - Christine Johnston

Choreography - Lisa O'Neill

Music - Peter Nelson

Lighting - Ben Hughes

Costumes - Selene Cochrane

Film - Kylie Burke, Christine Johnston and Russell Stokes

Production Stage Manager - Leila Maraun


"astonishing physical comedians" New York Times

“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.” Lowdown

“the 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


Fluff was Christine’s first work for children with collaborators Lisa O'Neill and Peter Nelson, commissioned by QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival of Early Childhood in 2002. FLUFF has most recently toured nationally and internationally through the USA, Hong Kong and United Kingdom with Cre8ion.


FLUFF would also like to thank Susan Richer (the commissioning Artistic Director of the 2002 Out Of the Box Festival), QPAC, Deborah Murphy, Kylie Burke, Therese Collie, Matt Scott, Russell Stokes, Miren Barrett, Strut & Fret Production House, Theresa & Will from Cre8ion, Arts Queensland, Australia Council and everyone who have generously contributed to FLUFF's long life and those who still are!! 


Here's a little intro from The Gingham Family

From Brisbane to Broadway... See The Gingham Family and Fluff on Channel 7 News during their USA tour

Touring History

2012 - 2017  Producer Cre8ion


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.

2002 - 2011  Producers QLD Performing Arts Trust (QPAC) and also Strut n Fret Production House  were touring FLUFF to places such as Brisbane QPAC, Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival Centre, Auckland International Arts Festival NZ, Parramatta Riverside Centre, Melbourne Arts Centre from 2002 to 2011.