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The Selfish Crocodile

Playing 4th - 22nd October, 2011
Performed by Blunderbus Theatre Company
Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Gardner
Playing at PJ Live Arts

 
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SYNOPSIS
A FUNNY FOREST ADVENTURE about A SNAPPY CROCODILE and A BRAVE LITTLE MOUSE.
This best-selling children's story by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry comes to life in this delightful stage adaptation by UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company. The 50-minute show tells the story of a crocodile who terrorised the frightened forest animals who attempted to get near the river, and how one kind and courageous mouse changed everything!

The Selfish Crocodile teaches positive messages like honesty, compassion and the importance of friendship, while reminding kids that sometimes the smallest acts of kindness are the ones that often have the greatest impact. This story is written especially for children aged 4 to 7, but adults will find the show thoroughly entertaining too!
 
CAST
JEANNETTE LONGWORTH pictureJEANNETTE LONGWORTH studied at Richmond Drama School and then Coventry Centre for Performing Arts. On graduating, she co-founded The Purple Scorpio Theatre Company with a fellow student. This small-scale theatre-in-education company devised and toured plays to infant and junior schools in the UK. She subsequently became a qualified teacher, specialising in teaching students with learning difficulties and behavioural issues. Jeannette eventually returned to London to pursue her acting career. She joined Blunderbus for a five-month tour and stayed on! She has also extended her acting skills to include being an Assistant Director, Company Manager, Tour Manager and a sound desk operator. As a Theatre Bookings Manager, Jeannette liaises with theatres regarding bookings, contracts and technical requirements. In her non-acting world, her greatest achievements are completing the London Marathon, and having friends who think she is competent enough to be a God-mother.
 
SOPHIE ROCH pictureSOPHIE ROCH graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2008 with a BA Hons in Community Theatre. Her professional theatre debut was with TopEdge Productions performing in a children’s show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since graduating, Sophie has toured with theatre companies both nationally and internationally, recently returning from Italy to join Blunderbus again. Her theatre credits include The Dragon's Daughter, Elmer the Elephant, A Very Noisy Night and The Rainbow Fish. Sophie is also an Artist Specialist/Workshop Leader, teaching drama, music and dance in primary schools across the UK.
 
SIMON SANCHEZ pictureSIMON SANCHEZ Simon trained at Nottingham’s Clarendon College and Leicester's De Montfort University.
For the past 14 years, he has toured both in the UK and internationally as an actor, director, writer and facilitator in Theatre-in-Education, Theatre for Children and Physical Theatre projects. His credits include Jinks in The Magic Garden (Speakeasy Theatre); Tjaden in All Quiet
on The Western Front
and Rian in Children of The Crown (Nottingham Playhouse); Dami in Tartuffe (Central Line Touring); Pug in 101 Dalmatians (Royal and Derngate); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (No Nonsense Theatre); Julius in The Tulip Touch (Red Earth Theatre) and Mr Briggs in Our Day Out (Roundabout). Simon was born and raised in sunny Warrington, the jewel of the North West. His happiest memories of his
childhood are his regular intrepid adventures with his loyal friend ‘Rebel’ (the family dog), his constant daydreaming at school and later the drama of going to watch his beloved Everton FC.
 
About Blunderbus Theatre Company
Blunderbus is a professional theatre company established in 1998 with charitable status. For over a decade, the company has been creating magical theatrical experiences for children and their families. Blunderbus plays to over 200,000 children each year, touring to theatres, arts centres, schools and festivals across the UK. Blunderbus employs a small administrative and creative team, which includes professional actor-puppeteers who work full-time for the company. Their actors work in 'rep', performing in all of our shows throughout the year.
 
CREW
Production Manager - Bebe Chan
Lighting Designer - Ee Chee Wei
Sound Operator - John Siew

2011 CREW
Stage Manager & Production Designer - Cherry Knight
Production Manager - Bebe Chan
Lighting Manager - Ee Chee Wei
 
REVIEWS
The Star19/04/2008 The Star by Sheela Chandran
A LOVELY SHOW FOR CHILDREN
Claire Alizon Hills and Jeannette Longworth... comical... young audiences in stitches... Christian Knott... good job as a fearsome crocodile... Blunderbus proved to be a hit... managed to keep the children and adults happy + more

New Sunday Times20/04/2008 New Sunday Times by Subashini Nair
WHEN WOOD TAKES ON FUN LIFE
Talented actors... funny and intelligent story... brilliantly controlled and manoeuvred by Davies and Claire Alizon... beautifully captured the imagination of the children... love the crocodile... children giggled... entire performance exuded fun and enthusiasm + more

 
PAST SHOWS
Played 15th - 27th April, 2008
Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Gardner
Staged at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre
 
The Selfish Crocodile Gardner & Wife Theatre's first season of theatre for young audiences kicked off with the Blunderbus Theatre Company's stage adaptation of best-selling children's book THE SELFISH CROCODILE by Faustin Charles. The UK-based company received rave reviews during its two-week run at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre and saw audiences of all ages respond enthusiastically to their giant puppetry, catchy songs and comedic characters.