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Don't let the Pigeon Drive the bus
Played 30 September – 19 October, 2014 at PJ Live Arts @ Jaya One
Performed by Big Wooden Horse, UK
Presented by Gardner & Wife Theatre Produced by Natalie Chong
Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus UK's Big Wooden Horse returns with Mo Willems’ award-winning book with a show full of “fun, feathers, and laughter”. The friendly bus driver leaves us with one simple instruction: "DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!" However, the Pigeon is very clever and whines, bribes, pleads and even sings a song to get his own way… Beautifully adapted and directed for the stage by Big Wooden Horse’s artistic director, Adam Bampton-Smith. They’ll be back in 2015!

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In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler’s temper tantrum.

This lively show for children 3 and up is full of fun, feathers, laughter and excitement and features original music and lots of audience participation! The friendly bus driver leaves us with one simple instruction: "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" However, the Pigeon is very clever and whines, bribes, pleads and even sings a song to get his own way… BUT WILL YOU LET HIM DRIVE???

BIG WOODEN HORSE presents high quality theatre to younger audiences across the United Kingdom and to represent the best of British theatre craft abroad. We believe that young people deserve the highest quality of writing, performance and production that a professional theatre company can offer. The company's productions will always strive to both entertain and inform young people, drawing from different cultures and traditions to present entertaining and educational work.
CAST Cast pic - Alex Scoot FairleyAlex Scoot Fairley as the bus driver
A long time ago, Alex studied English and Latin at Jesus College Oxford. When he finally came to his senses and decided that acting for children was a much better idea, Alex appeared in Pigeon Party!, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!, Ariel in The Tempest (Big Wooden Horse Theatre); The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room On The Broom (all Tall Stories Theatre) in the UK, the USA and Canada; as a puppeteer in Midnight (Polka/Peacock Theatre, London) and The Little Mermaid (Dugdale Theatre, London). He was the translator of Der Grüffelo (Junges Theater, Bonn). He also appears every year in pantomime, most recently as Madame Fifi in Beauty and the Beast, King Rat in Dick Whittington and Des the Demon King in Mother Goose (all Millfield Theatre, London).

For grown-ups, Alex has most recently played Benvolio/Graf Paris in Romeo und Julia (Openhouse Theater, Vienna), Trevor in Pool (Brockley Jack, London) Lord Windermere in Lady Windermere’s Fan, Guy Jones in A Chorus of Disapproval, Naked Guardsman in Single Spies and Court Clerk/Ensemble in Hello, Dolly! (all Pitlochry Festival Theatre); Policeman/Teacher in Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre, London); Pope/Emperor/Devil-Bride in Doctor Faustus (Creation Theatre, Oxford); Gerald Croft in An Inspector Calls (International Theatre, Vienna); Zeke Barrows-North in A Capital Affair (Vienna’s English Theatre); Doctor Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Flute/First Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream a(all Guildford Shakespeare Company); Miguel Correres in Mexican Hayride and Tuffles in Flahooley! (all Sadler’s Wells); Ms. Craig in Enjoy! (York Theatre Royal).

Alex is very excited to be back on the bus, and driving to new places! If you want to see more pictures of him acting, his website is

Charlotte CooperCharlotte Cooper as the pigeon
She wanted to be an actor from when she played a swing door in Bugsy Malone aged 10. Since then she has played a variety of animals, including a pig, a pigeon, a goat and a mouse as well as being an alien and child.

Most notably Charlotte has appeared in: UK tour culminating in a West End run of Alienís Love Underpants, the UK and US tours of The Way Back Home and Pigeon Party, as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the Broadway Barking, Genie of the Ring in Aladdin also at the Broadway Barking, Does a Monster Live Next Door for Tall Stories, as Eddie the Mouse in The Night Before Christmas for Big Wooden Horse, as a Childrenís TV Presenter on Our Discovery Island, in various textbooks and educational materials as a presenter and on a number of musical recordings. She is looking forward to being a pigeon in Asia.

Adam Bampton-Smith Adaptation/Director
Cast pic - Adam Bampton-SmithAdam is artistic director of Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company which he founded in 2004 to create theatre for young audiences in the UK and all over the world. He has written and produced The Legend of Perseus, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Pigeon Party!, The Night Before Christmas and The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus as well as adapting the Oliver Jeffers books The Way Back Home and STUCK for the stage. His show based on the Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! has toured extensively throughout the UK, USA, Canada and will be visiting Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai in 2014. His adaptation of the popular children’s book Aliens Love Underpants toured the UK in 2013 and performed in London’s West End in Summer 2014. He is currently working on a one-man show called Oh No, Mr Sizzle!
MO WILLEMS the Author
Cast pic - MO WILLEMSAfter a stint in television (during which time he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing on Sesame Street, created Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City, head-wrote CN’s Codename: Kids Next Door, and animated well over 60 shorts for festivals, HBO, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street), Mo turned to picture books. His debut effort, the New York Times bestseller Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was awarded a Caldecott Honor in 2004 and the following year Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (also a New York Times bestseller) garnered a second Caldecott Honor, leading The New York Times to dub Mo "the biggest new talent to emerge thus far in the 00's".

Upcoming books include Leonardo the Terrible Monster and Time to Say ‘Please’! (a companion to his Entertainment Weekly book of the week, Time to Pee!) Mo's doodles have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the nation including the Museum of Television and Radio and the Chicago Art Institute, and his 9-11 inspired comix story (for DC Comics) resides in the Library of Congress' permanent collection.

He is currently working on a chapter-book about an Invisible Invention Machine and annotating a cartoon journal documenting his year-long backpacking trip around the world in 1990-91. Mo lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. Among his achievements is getting his daughter to laugh at one of his dumb jokes.
Stage Manager (UK) - Oliver Downton
Stage Manager (MY) - Bebe Chan
Lighting - Sing
Set Building - David Wong