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Emily Brown & The Thing
Played 20 Feb - 12 March, 2017 at PJ Live Arts @ Jaya One
Performed by Tall Stories
Presented by Gardner & Wife Theatre Produced by Natalie Chong
EMILY BROWN AND THE THING Our third production by UK's Tall Stories, this beautifully crafted three-hander uses dance, music and puppetry to tell Cressida Cowell's much loved tale. With Isla Shaw's imaginative interlocking set, and Olivia Jacobs direction, her adaptation whisks Emily, her rabbit and the spellbound audience through all the book's different adventures - and took our young audiences with them!
LIAM MANSFIELDOne evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. He just can't get to sleep. Emily Brown and Stanley set off on incredible adventures to the Dark and Scary Wood, the Whirling Wastes and beyond, to find the Thing's cuddly, his bedtime milk and his medicine... But nothing seems to help him settle. What's really troubling the Thing - and will anyone ever get to sleep?

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Stage KL31/08/2014 Three Weeks Edinburgh by Gemma Scott
This beautifully crafted three-hander uses music and puppetry to tell Cressida Cowell's much loved tale. There are some beautiful moments- actors holding puppet versions of themselves to slide down scarf-mountains, and the set design adds a real sense of wonder. Tall Stories have a reputation for creating wonderful children's theatre every year... + more

Stage KL12/08/2014 The Reviews Hub
The message with all Tall Stories productions is simple, here it's that everyone is scared about something and it's nothing to be ashamed of, or anything you have to keep to yourself... told with the highest production values, the set provides plenty of surprises and the use of puppetry helps the story progress without the use of clunky scene changes... + more

The List3/08/2014 The List by Kelly Apter
Catchy tunes are joined by a soundtrack of original music that helps drive the story along; Emily and Stanley switch between human-size and puppets to witty and, at times, poignant, effect. While all three cast members demonstrate a vibrant energy, sense of fun, tenderness and technically strong capacity for physical storytelling.One of the company's finest hours. + more

CASTSophie AliceSophie Alice as Emily Brown

Sophie trained at the Arts Educational School, before graduating East 15 Acting School with a BA in Physical Theatre. Professional acting credits include 'Autopsy' (ITV Studios), 'Pint-Sized' (Jermyn Street Theatre) and 'The Gruffalo's Child' (Tall Stories). Sophie is very excited to perform with Tall Stories again and would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support.
Sam BuitekantSam Buitekant as The Thing

Sam graduated from St Mary's University in Drama and Physical Theatre. He has performed in and directed a number of acclaimed shows across the country and in North America. Recent credits include the award winning 'The Dragon' (Dead Rabbits Theatre) at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, Canada, and Sparkle and Dark's 'Killing Roger'. Recent directing credits include an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland'.
Andrew MudieAndrew Mudie as Stanley

Andrew trained at The Poor School. Theatre credits include 'The Gruffalo's Child' (Tall Stories), 'Room on the Broom' (Tall Stories), 'Ealing Broadway' (Southwark Playhouse) and 'Toxic Bankers' (Leicester Square Theatre). Film credits include the award-winning short 'The Monster'. Andrew can't wait to don the floppy ears and begin his next Tall Stories adventure.

Olivia Jacobs (Adaptation/Director)

Olivia trained at Central / University of London. Directing includes: 'The Gruffalo' (UK, USA, Asia, Australia, Europe, DVD), 'The Gruffalo's Child' (UK, Australia, Asia), 'Room on the Broom' (UK, USA, Australia, Asia), 'How the Giraffe got its Neck' (UK, Asia), 'William's Monsters' (UK, Poland, Asia), 'Something Else' (UK, Poland), 'Them with Tails' (UK, Poland), 'Mum and the Monster' (UK), 'Snow White' (UK, USA) and 'Latke who Couldn't Stop Screaming' (UK). She is co-founder of Tall Stories.
Isla Shaw (Designer)

Isla trained at Wimbledon School of Art and Swinburne University, Australia. Other design for Tall Stories includes: 'The Gruffalo' and 'Snow White' (UK/US tours), and UK tours of 'Mr Benn', 'William's Monsters' and 'Something Else'. Also: 'Frisky & Mannish' (UK Tour), 'Macbeth' (Shakespeare's Globe), 'The Wedding Singer' (UK Tour), 'The Barber of Seville' (Denmark), 'Copenhagen' (Watermill Theatre), 'The Argument' and 'Three Dark Tales' (both Theatre O).
James Whiteside (Lighting Designer)

Tall Stories credits include: 'The Gruffalo', 'The Gruffalo's Child', 'Room on the Broom', 'Snow White' and 'Mr Benn'. West End credits include: 'Never Forget' at the Savoy; 'Footloose' at the Novello and Playhouse; 'Holding the Man' at Trafalgar Studios; 'The Female of the Species' at the Vaudeville and 'Calamity Jane' at the Shaftesbury. Other credits include designs for the Chichester Festival Theatre, Perth Theatre, the Rose Kingston and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Yvonne Stone (Puppet Designer)

Yvonne studied puppetry at Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre work includes: 'Room on the Broom', 'Mr Benn', 'The Snow Dragon' and 'The Gruffalo's Child' for Tall Stories; Terry Pratchett's 'Nation' for the National Theatre, as well as 'Warhorse' and 'His Dark Materials'; 'The Lion King'. TV work includes: 'Space Pirates', 'DoodleDo', 'Mr Bloom's Nursery' and BBC3's 'Mongrels'. She recently designed the puppets for
the National Theatre's Jubilee tribute.
JollyGoodTunes (Music & Sound)

Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw of JollyGoodTunes have composed and recorded songs and sound effects for theatre since 1997. Show highlights include; 'The Gruffalo', 'Room On The Broom', 'The Gruffalo's Child', 'Mr Benn', 'William's Monsters', 'Them with Frozen Tails', 'Something Else', 'How the Giraffe got its Neck', 'Twinkle Twonkle', 'The Night Before Christmas', 'Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late', 'The Life and Adventures of Santa
Claus' and sound design for 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' and 'Spot's Birthday'.
Cressida and NealCressida and Neal

Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon book series, and the author of the 'Emily Brown' picture books. Cressida is an ambassador for the U.K.'s National Literacy
Trust and the Reading Agency and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes for her books, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize.

Neal Layton is an award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator whose work is sold in 16 countries worldwide. His instantly recognisable style has made him a sought-after talent over the last two decades; he has
illustrated more than 60 books, working with authors such as Michael Rosen, John Hegley, Cressida Cowell and Andy Stanton, and has won several prizes including a Gold Award for 'That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown'.
Production/Stage Manager (MY) - Ng Wei Hock
Tour/ Stage Manager (UK) - Ashley Illman
Lighting Coordinator - Yusman Mohktar