Pif-Paf is a genre-bending theatre company creating top-notch performance and sculpture and taking it to the places it doesn’t normally reach. Based in Sheffield, Pif-Paf deliver small and mid-scale touring shows and commissions all with a unique visual, high-quality and accessible style.

The company is based around the collaboration of joint artistic directors Pete Gunson and Eleanor Hooper supported by Marianne Bolton as company administrator and an amazing crew of freelance performers, makers and musicians.


Pete Gunson formed Pif-Paf in 2003 in Manchester inspired by an engineering background and work that was popping up all over the city in the early 2000’s as part of Streets Ahead.

After graduating in ’98 from Manchester University with an MEng in Civil Engineering (with French) the next few years were spent between fine furniture making, public art, sustainability campaigning and participatory arts as well as living and traveling around the nooks and crannies of Europe and West and North Africa.

Pete never leaves home without a leatherman and a notebook.

Performance Styles

  • Street Shows
  • Music
  • Walkabouts
  • Installations
  • Illuminated