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This Side Up is about one man’s battle between the urban sprawl of the city and his need to go back to his roots. He has a practical eye for spotting natural beauty and an unquenchable thirst to come a little closer to the world he has only read about. Unfortunately when he attempts to go back to nature he neither has the skills or the knowledge to make it happen. The result of which brings amusement to those who live around him.

The city is the only thing he knows but as the seasons pass his heart grows (although his plants don’t) for the simple life.

This Side Up creates a world of strong characters, a distinctive style and madcap humour set in a wonderfully visual narrative world.


"Meyyappan plays both man and dog in a remarkably ingenious sequence… Meyyappan is a tremendous performer. Above all, it is very funny, Meyyappan’s humorous expressions a constant delight."
[Daily Post - UK] 

"... impossibly funny."
[The Flying Inkpot Singapore]



Devised by: Mark Smith and Ramesh Meyyappan
Director: Mark Smith
Original Sound Design:
Paul Skinner
Original Lighting Design: Sarah Kamender