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The Way Back Home
Played 19th October - 8th November, 2015 at PJ Live Arts @ Jaya One
Played 30th October, 2015 at Penang PAC @ Straits Quay
Performed by Big Wooden Horse, UK
Presented by Gardner & Wife Theatre Produced by Natalie Chong
Tall Stories Theatre THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE UK's The Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company returned with Oliver Jeffers' THE WAY BACK HOME. Adapted and directed by Adam Bampton-Smith and performed by the original UK Alien, Charlotte Cooper, with Harrison Spiers as The Boy (both direct from the West End's Aliens Love Underpants), The Way Back Home toured both Penang and PJ as well as several schools!

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One day a boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard. Up, up, up and away he flies, high into the sky. Whizzing past clouds, stars and planets until suddenly... he runs out of petrol!

Miles from the earth, the boy crashes into the moon and waits. Just as he beginning to get cold and lonely, a friendly Martian appears from the darkness, also with a broken aircraft. Together they come up with a super plan to float the boy back down to earth to collect his toolbox. Can the boy find his way back up to the moon to rescue his friend?

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.

CASTCast pic - Harrison SpiersHarrison Spiers (The Boy)
Harrison was born and grew up in England and studied Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London. Since graduating his Theatre Credits include: Boy in The Cat In The Hat (UK Tour); Richie Cunningham in Happy Days: A New Musical (Italian Tour); Timmy in Aliens Love Underpants (West End & UK Tour); Josh in One of Those Days (Lost Theatre); Boy in The Way Back Home (Quarter House, Folkestone) and Avenue Q (Upstairs at The Gatehouse, Off West End Premiere).

Charlotte Cooper (The Martian )
Cast pic - Charlotte Cooper 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 Alien’s 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 Children’s TV Presenter on Our Discovery Island, in various textbooks and educational materials as a presenter and on a number of musical recordings.

Adam Bampton-Smith (Adaptation/Director)
Cast pic - Adam Bampton-Smith Adam 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 as well as 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 2015. He is currently working on a one-man show called Oh No, Mr Sizzle!

Oliver Jeffers (Author)
Cast pic - Oliver Jeffers Award winning illustrator & picture book for children, Oliver Jeffers debut his 1st illustration book at 2004. His first book, How to Catch A Star won Merit for the CBI Bisto Book of the Year Awards in 2005. Since then, he continuous producing wonderful children picture books, had won numerous awards. In 2007, he was the official World Book Day Illustrator. In the subsequent year, Jeffers featured in The Times's list of "The Best New Picture Book Illustrators".

Picture Book awards include The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, CBI Bisto Book Of the Year, Nestle Smarties Award, Irish Book of the Year, The Blue Peter Book of the Year, and his picture books have been translated into over 30 languages, including Lost & Found, Stuck, The Hueys, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and The Great Paper Caper. Several of them have also been adapted for stage productions such as The Way Back Home, Stuck, How to Catch A Star, The Incredible Book Eating Boy.