Our fast, fun theatre shows for children aged 5-11 provide a springboard into primary learning in your school, arts centre or community venue
COMPETITION – calling all budding young writers! Want your short story published in the Ham & High newspaper? Twist a traditional tale, inspired by our storytelling show, SUDDENLY…!, and email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8 May to see your winning work in print!
We’ll be performing our storytelling show at two literary festivals in May! The first is at beautiful Chiddingstone Castle in Kent and we’ll be there on their Family Day on 1 May and their Schools Day on 2 May. Join us this Bank Holiday for some family fun!
Then we’ll be in west London at the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival on Sunday 14 May. We’d love to see you there!
A ‘non-stop adventure featuring delicious wordplay’ (Kentish Towner) – we’ve adapted our storytelling show, SUDDENLY…!, into a ‘rip-roaring’ audiobook! We recorded it at Strathmore Publishing and the studio was alive with the sound of bouncing grandmas, howling wolves and a witch on roller skates. 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. Available in Waterstones, The Owl Bookshop, Village Books and online.
Suddenly…! by Joe Bromley, read by Willow Nash ISBN 978-1-909277-13-7
We’ll be adapting PLUNDERED! into an audiobook too, and we’ve started writing two new adventures for Grandma and Red called STUMPED! and SHELVED!!
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:
Monday 1 May, 2pm, SUDDENLY…!, Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival, Kent
Sunday 14 May, 2.30pm, SUDDENLY…!, Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, London SW13
Saturday 17 June, 2pm, PLUNDERED!, Devizes Arts Festival, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, Wiltshire
Friday 28 July, 3pm, SUDDENLY…!, Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival, Brentwood Theatre, Essex
Sunday 10 September, 3pm, PLUNDERED!, The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
Sunday 24 September, 2.30pm, PLUNDERED!, Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
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