Our fast, fun theatre shows for children aged 5-11 provide a springboard into primary learning in your school, arts centre or community venue
Like everyone else, we watched in utter horror as Grenfell Tower burned last week. We have joined up with Authors For Grenfell and are donating a show to a primary school in RBK&C, our neighbouring borough in west London. There’s already been an amazingly generous bid for us; all proceeds go to the residents of Grenfell Tower, through the British Red Cross. There are some great literary items on offer. Bidding ends at 8pm on Tuesday 27 June. Thank you.
If you couldn’t get your hands on a ticket for our sold-out performance of SUDDENLY…! at Barnes Children’s Lit Fest, then here’s another opportunity – we’ll be performing it at the Barnes Fringe Fest on Sunday 9 July at 3pm at the OSO Arts Centre, London SW13! As always, there’ll be activity sheets and stickers afterwards. Do join us and see our ‘awesome,’ ‘brilliant,’ ‘amazing,’ ‘excellent,’ ‘hilarious,’ ‘terrific’ storytelling show!
A ‘non-stop adventure featuring delicious wordplay’ (Kentish Towner) – we’ve adapted our storytelling show, SUDDENLY…!, into a ‘rip-roaring’ audiobook! Rosie Alabaster has illustrated the glorious cover; see if you can spot all the objects in Grandma’s hair on our What’s on page. Recorded at Strathmore Publishing, it’s available in Waterstones, The Owl Bookshop, Village Books, Barnes Bookshop and online.
Suddenly…! by Joe Bromley, read by Willow Nash ISBN 978-1-909277-13-7
‘VERY funny… it was great!’ – Tom T, age 8, Mango Bubbles Books
‘Captivating, exciting, and unforgettable’ – Alison Steadman, actress and children’s author
‘An exhilarating tale with the twist that we’ve come to expect from the excellent Really Big Pants’ – children’s voice artist Teresa Gallagher (Thunderbirds, Amazing World of Gumball, Octonauts)
We’re writing two new adventures for Grandma and Red called STUMPED! and SHELVED!! And here’s a lovely review of SUDDENLY…! by Theatre Things.
Our new show WONKY will be available soon! We’ve been shown round some incredible edible playgrounds in schools and it’s wonderful to see children connecting with nature and learning how to grow food and develop a healthy attitude to nutrition.
One of our favourite highlights ever – a Y2 student from Lady Margaret Primary was inspired to write his own ‘book’ at home, after seeing our show. In it, our characters met characters from a book he’d been reading, complete with illustrations and a cool cover. How marvellous! Don’t forget to check out our resource packs, overflowing with related activities and discussion points. And you can follow our travels and adventures on our Twitter feed.
We’re looking forward to returning to the Museum of London Docklands to play to school groups – we had so much fun at the Recycle Challenge Festival there last year! The museum was on a mission to find new and imaginative ways to look after our planet. We performed PLUNDERED!, our show about the environment, and took part in lots of crafty activities for eco-champions. And when asked what they enjoyed most, a family gave this feedback: ‘The theatre piece, because we saw our son transformed through it – amazing to see his engagement with it’. You can read more comments from people who have seen our shows here.
Dates for the diary:
Sunday 9 July, 3pm, SUDDENLY…!, OSO Arts Centre, Barnes, London SW13
Friday 28 July, 3pm, SUDDENLY…!, Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival, Brentwood Theatre, Essex
Saturday 12 August, 2.30pm, SUDDENLY…! book reading and craft activities, Haslemere Bookshop, Surrey
Saturday 2 September, 3pm, PLUNDERED!, The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
Sunday 17 September, PLUNDERED!, Chiswick Book Festival, London W4
Sunday 24 September, 2.30pm, PLUNDERED!, Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 October, 11am, SUDDENLY…! Redbridge Children’s Storytelling Festival, Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford
And behold our video… get a little taste of our shows! A REALLY BIG THANK YOU to the marvellous Maya McAllister Demangeat for editing it for us so beautifully.
Thrilling theatre! Stupendous stories! Exciting education!
And some really big pants