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CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT: David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon

Les Petits are excited to announce the full cast of David Wallaims’ The First Hippo on the Moon! Dominic Allen, Alice Bounce, Caroline Bowman, Owen Jenkins and Rosie Nicholls will star in the stage adaptation of the best-selling children’s book written by David Williams with illustrations by Tony Ross.

Dominic Allen trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His theatre credits include The Crucible and Sleeping Beauty (Bristol Old Vic), Forty Years On and Peter Pan (York Theatre Royal), Fable (Greenwich Theatre), Lorca is Dead (Belt Up Theatre, Southwark Playhouse), The Atlantis Project (Belt Up Theatre, Punchdrunk Enrichment), Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis (Flanagan Collective) and, for Les Enfants Terribles, The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory.

Alice Bounce began her career in cabaret and clowning and toured the UK and Europe in an all-female vaudeville clown troupe after completing her Masters in Physical Theatre. Alice’s theatre credits include Dinner at the Twits, Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie (Les Enfants Terribles), Treasure Island, The Ice Queen (IPA Productions), The Box (Flipping the Bird), The Imaginarium (Petersham Playhouse), Bearskin (Arcane Productions), Chairman Ubu (Battersea Arts Centre), Prospero’s Tavern (Boom Boom Club/Time Out) Travels with Grandad (Pickled Image), The Apocalypse Gameshow (The 3k Cabaret), Silent Night Unholy Night (Time Out) and Alice in Wasteland (Pyratrix Circus). In addition to her work on stage, Alice’s Assistant Director credits include The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie and Time Portal.

Caroline Bowman has worked on screen and stage as a puppeteer and has made puppets for various companies including Third Party Productions, Old Saw Theatre, Slot Machine Theatre and Watershed Productions. Her additional theatre credits include the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, Fantastic Mr Fox (Little Angel Theatre) and Warhorse (National Theatre). Caroline has also assisted in the making of the puppets for The First Hippo on the Moon. She the designer and head puppet-maker for Puppets With Guts. 

Owen Jenkins trained at The Oxford School of Drama. His theatre credits include The Game’s Afoot, The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie UK Indoor and Outdoor tour,  (Les Enfants Terribles), 139 Copeland Road (Abbey Normal Theatre), Goosebumps Alive (The Vaults), Broken Windows (Pleasance Courtyard, Camden People's Theatre), Trouble (Soho Theatre), Machinal (Pegasus Theatre), Epoch Film Noir, 1950 and 1985 (The Vaults), Jungle Book, The Snow Queen (both Image Musical Theatre UK Tours) and Typos (Etcetera Theatre) which he also co-wrote.

Rosie trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is a member of the Young Artist Lab at Theatre Royal Stratford East, where she is developing her new play Solo; she also produces and writes for Hog the Dog Productions. Theatre credits include: Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass (Les Petits Theatre), Love for Love (Bristol Old Vic), Woman and Scarecrow (Brewery Theatre), ROAD (Circomedia), Sauce For The Goose (West Country Tour). TV: The Mire (Eclectic Films), Liar (ITV)

 

The cast begin rehearsals on 23rd November in preparation for the show’s world premiere at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne, performing from the 12th December – 7th January. From then the show goes on a nationwide tour playing at over 40 venues between 17th January – 13th July 2017.

David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon is an explosively funny space adventure which sees the enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Shelia compete to be the first hippo to make it to the moon.  

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Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass goes on tour!

As Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass passes the half way point of its Edinburgh run, Les Petits Theatre Company are announcing an Autumn tour for the show!

Having achieved a host of excellent reviews, been one of The Sunday Mail’s Top 4 Picks of the Fringe and after many sold out shows, The Magic Cutlass will be setting sail in September for its first tour!

Don’t miss this fantastic family adventure, described by The Stage as a ‘mini-epic’ and Ed Fringe Review as ‘family entertainment at its best’. To find out if Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass is coming to a theatre near you please see here.

We look forward to seeing you in the Autumn as we continue our pirate adventure!

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Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass - Meet the pirates!

With 2 sold-out shows already under the belt of our dastardly pirates we decided to ask our swashbuckling cast what it’s like to be a part of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass!

Patrick Warner who not only plays the brave Tom, but also flys the flag of the Pirate Dinosaurs was the first to answer our questions:

Q: Which character in The Magic Cutlass do you think you’re most like and why?

A: I'm most like Tom, because he thinks carefully about everything and tries to make the clever choice, regardless of how appropriate the moment is for contemplation.

Q: What do you love most about your character?

A: I love that Steven the Stegosaurus is making the best of being a vegetarian in adverse circumstances.

Q: What’s the most exciting thing about ‘Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass’ for the audience?

A: The Pirate Dinosaur Captain is straight-up the most exciting thing ever, never mind just for the audience of the show!

Photo credit: The Other Richard

Next on our hunt to meet the pirates we chatted to Rosie Nicholls, who brings to life the quick thinking Pearl:

Q: If you could only take one thing to a desert island, what would you bring?

A: I would 100% take a dog to a desert island - I don't know if that's allowed - but I LOVE dogs and I would never be lonely if I had a little pooch to keep me company! Failing that, I would take a water bottle - gotta keep hydrated out there.

Q: If your character could only bring one thing to a desert island, what would they bring? 

A: Pearl would definitely take a bag of practical items with her to a desert island - penknife, compass, spoon, pen and paper, sunhat - instead of anything luxury. She's got smarts and would always plan ahead for anything she might need.

Q: If you were a pirate for a day, what would you do and why?

A: If I was a pirate for a day, I would set sail on the high seas, recruiting all the girls who always wanted to be pirates, and we would plunder the most treasure and sail the fastest and be the best pirates the world has ever seen!

Photo credit: The Other Richard

To catch these crooks and the Pirate Captains themselves at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, you can purchase your tickets here. Performing every day at 10.30am at the Pleasance Courtyard (excluding the 16th August) until the 29th August!

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Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass - Meet the team Q&A!

With Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass taking Edinburgh by storm we managed to catch up with the team behind one of the best combinations seen on the stage yet – Pirate Dinosaurs!

The first shipmate to be caught in our Q&A net was Writer and Co-Artistic Director of Les Petits, Oliver Lansley:

Q: How does this show differ from ‘Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs’?

OL: It's a completely new show, so although it still has pirates and dinosaurs in it, it has a whole new story. Doing a sequel has been a fantastic opportunity to learn from the first show and make this even bigger and better.

Q: Why does this play work for both adults and children?

OL: We approach children's theatre the same way we approach all our theatre. At the end of the day it's all about story telling. We’re often trying to just entertain ourselves and make ourselves laugh - this show has some great, silly gags in it that adults will enjoy.

Q: What’s the best part about adapting a children’s book?

OL: Kids are very open and their imaginations are so fresh that you can be really big and bold with your ideas and they'll just accept it. They don't have the cynical attitude that adults have. They will embrace the fun and become totally drawn into the world.

Q: What’s the most exciting thing about ‘Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass’ for the audience?

OL: So many things – we have a sausage machine, a 7ft T- Rex, pirate ship battles and of course a magic cutlass!

Photo credit: The Other Richard

Les Petits Theatre Company have also been incredibly lucky to welcome onboard critically acclaimed Director Hal Chambers. Following his beautifully directed production of Raymond Briggs’ The Bear, Hal joined the team of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass and we convinced him to reveal some more excitement from the show:

Q: What’s the most exciting thing about Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass for the audience?

HC: I suppose it's the pirate dinosaurs themselves; Max Humphreys' brilliant puppets will thrill, terrify and amuse the kids in equal measure. And a special mention to Tom Recknell's epic score which will have the youngsters (and their parents) jumping up and down in their seats!

Q: What’s the best part about directing a children’s show?

HC: Children have a vast imagination so as a director you can be hugely theatrical and wild. The worlds you create can be colourful and expansive giving you full license to go for it! Children are prepared to believe that flying carpets, dangerous wizards and, in this case, pirate dinosaurs are real. We are entering the world of 'play' that children live in, yet the important thing is that they know they are playing. Imagination is a very serious sport! That's why we, as actors and theatre makers, should take kids seriously, never patronise them and challenge them to dream wildly!

Q: Is there anything you can give away about the show?

HC: Well, there are big clues in the title! You will most certainly get both pirates and pirate dinosaurs! There will be lots of swashbuckling and a playful set which works much like a children's playground. There are a couple of mega twists and a big dino cameo but I'm afraid our lips are sealed...

Q: Would you rather be Captain T-Rex or Captain Flinn and why?

Flinn is an excellent young man but the coolest, dastardliest character in the play is Captain T-Rex. He's nearly three times the size of Flinn and has an extremely booming voice. Not to mention the sausage machine he has at his disposal. What an amazing villain!

 

To see Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass this summer, you can book your tickets here! It will be performed everyday (excluding the 16th August) at the Pleasance One, Edinburgh at 10.30am until the 29th August. Or alternatively you can purchase your tickets in person from the Pleasance Box Office or the Fringe Box Office. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

 

 

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3,2,1 Blast Off! THE FIRST HIPPO goes on tour

Les Petits are incredibly excited to announce that we will be adapting David Walliam’s The First Hippo on the Moon for the stage! This December get ready to be immersed in a world filled with wonder, excitement and hilarity, as David Walliams’ fantastic creation is brought to life. 

Based on the original children’s book with illustrations by Tony Ross, The First Hippo on the Moon is an explosively funny space adventure which sees the enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Shelia compete to be the first hippo to make it to the moon. 

David Walliams has taken the literary world by storm and his brilliantly funny stories are adored by children the world over. He has achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and quickly developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. His books have been translated into over 45 languages and sold over 9.5 million copies in the UK alone. One of his most successful titles Gangsta Granny was adapted for the stage in November 2015 by Birmingham Stage Company and continues on tour until January 2017. 

Following our critically acclaimed and award-winning show Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, Les Petits will be bringing this enormously entertaining show to the stage. The creative team at Les Petits have also worked on Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at The Old Vic and the National Theatre’s productions of Elephantom, Warhorse and Raymond Briggs’ The Bear. 

We invite you to join us for a performance of astronomical levels of enjoyment and adventure, and launch into a story brimming with imagination, innovation and fantastic family fun.

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Welcome to our brand new website!

A big hello from Les Petits Theatre Company and welcome to our brand new website! 

Navigate through our pages and discover all that we have to offer as an exciting and inventive children’s theatre company. 

As the sister company to the Olivier nominated Les Enfants Terribles we are dedicated to making some of the most exciting theatre around and we’d love you to join us for our upcoming shows! Whether it’s a pirate dinosaur or hippo racing to the moon, we bring everything you need to make children and adults alike bounce up and down in delight. 

So without further ado, please explore and see if we have something for you!

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