After our very first show on a hot July morning we started packing up our set, occasionally stopping to grin at each other and hug in our rather sweaty costumes, pleased at how well it had gone. The children had gone outside for their break time. As we crammed the last prop into our trunk, four young girls came back in. They asked if they could show us the dance they had just made up in the playground to the song we had taught them in the show. That moment sealed the deal. If we could’ve floated out the door, we would’ve… (instead we staggered through the school’s sports hall with our heavy trunk, bruising our shins on the way). It worked! Really Big Pants decamped to the nearest café to celebrate with a cup of tea.
We met years ago through a playwright, a mutual friend, and started to support each other’s work. We continued to meet up, acting in a sketch show together, Willow reading Joe’s screenplay at informal presentations and Joe assisting Willow with her one woman shows at children’s parties. And then we thought… shall we bring all our vast experience together – of writing, performing, working with children (and having them) – and see what happens? We decided we would do a show with a theme we both cared deeply about, the environment, and if we felt really good about it we would get cracking. Which led us to that cup of tea.
We also decided that it would always be the two of us doing the performing so we could keep enjoying our job and not get desk bound but also control the quality and preserve the boutique nature of our company. So who you see here is who you’ll see on the day. We love theatre, bruises and all, and find it thrilling to introduce children to its power to educate and inspire.