Synopsis

Show
Hare and Tortoise
Dates
17th November - 4th February
Runtime
50 minutes approx
Director
Tina Williams
Writer
Brendan Murray
Suitable for ages 3+
Hare and Tortoise
A delightful adaptation of Aesop's fable about opposites, time and friendship for children aged 3+ and their families.

Ready? Steady? Go!

But who's the fastest; who's the best? Who will finally win the race? Younger, fitter, faster Hare - tearing around, unable to wait - or slow and steady Tortoise - taking the time to look at the stars?

Find out in this funny, tender, award-winning adaptation of the well-loved story as we journey through the seasons from bud-bursting spring to snow-falling winter in a production brimming with music, movement & colour.
Ebony Feare
Ebony Feare
Tortoise

Ebony trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Her theatre credits include: Puck in Midsummer Nights Dream (Feelgood Theatre Company); Miss Spider/ Aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach (Watershed Theatre Company/Polka Theatre); Princess/Wise Woman in Snow Queen (Z Arts/ Cast Doncaster); Dorylia in Emergency Story Penguin (Slung Low); Jeneba in Skyhawk Musical (Theatr Clwyd Cymru); Alice in Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (Polka Theatre); Miss Smiley/Jemima in Grandpa In My Pocket (Nottingham Playhouse and UK National Tour); Mende in Slave a Question of Freedom (Feelgood Theatre Company/ The Lowry Manchester); Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Pilot Theatre Company/York Theatre Royal); Maxine in Fungus the Bogeyman (Pilot Theatre Company/ York Theatre Royal); Roly Poly bird in The Twits (Bolton Octagon Theatre/ Pilot theatre Company); Claudia the Cat in Dick Whittington (Durham Gala Theatre); Cindy Relisha in Cindy Relisha and the DJ Prince (Manchester Library Theatre); Chantaye in Hey There Boy With the Bebop (Polka Theatre)

Television credits: Moving On (Series 9, BBC1); Roald Dahl's Most Marvellous Book (Channel 4); The Marchioness Disaster (Yorkshire Television); Vincent (Granada Television)

Radio credits: Stranger Faces, Reality Checks, Many Happy Returns (All for BBC Radio 4).

Commercial: Suzuki Advert (ITV).

Stefan Stuart
Stefan Stuart
Hare

Stefan is an actor and writer from and working in London. Stefan’s favourite credits include Promiseland (RAaW Theatre), Earthquakes In London (CTW) Stefan has written and starred in the web series ‘The Start Up”. Stefan also previously played the Town Mouse in Pied Piper’s 2016 production of ‘Town Mouse And Country Mouse” which toured in England and Singapore. Stefan is super excited to be touring with Pied Piper Theatre Company and performing in some wonderful venues.

Tina Williams
Tina Williams
Director

Tina Williams is the Artistic Director of Pied Piper Theatre Company, which she set up in 1984 having trained as both an actor and a teacher. Tina has written, adapted, directed and produced over twenty five plays for the company including a large scale national tour of Anne Fine's "The Book of the Banshee", a community tour of "A Little Princess" involving eight actors and eight young people and her recent new plays "The Big ENORMOUS Present" and "Robin's Winter Adventure".

In 1994 Tina set up the Education Department at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford, which ran until 2008. As well as directing several co-productions with the Yvonne Arnaud she wrote and directed ‘Flash! Bang! Rabbit! for the youth theatre as a creative and cultural exchange with the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.

Tina has been engaged as Artistic Director for several co-productions throughout the UK and internationally in Singapore. She also directed several seasons at The Fortune Theatre in London’s West End.

In 2016 Tina directed ‘Snowflakes’ for Oxford Playhouse and in 2017 her production of ‘Burglar Bill’ played in Geneva and will be at The Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith for the October half term.

Brendan Murray
Brendan Murray
Writer

Originally from Manchester, Brendan trained as an actor and worked for ten years in schools, fringe, Rep and commercial theatre.  From 1982 to 1985 he was Head of Theatre-in-Education at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and later writer-in-residence at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.  Since 1990 he’s divided his time between writing, directing and teaching - principally at Drama Studio London. In 2002/3 he was the Visiting Gulbenkian Fellow in the Department of Palliative Care at King’s College Hospital and, from 2003 to 2008, Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Theatre Company. His plays are regularly produced throughout the UK and abroad and have won both Brian Way and Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards. Like the good northerner he is, he lives in Brighton. For more details visit www.brendanmurray.co.uk.

Angela Gasparetto
Angela Gasparetto
Movement Director

Movement Direction Credits include: It Is So Ordered (The Pleasance); Bunny (White Bear); Wish List (Royal Exchange & Royal Court); Redefining Juliet (Barbican); See Bob Run (Bread & Roses); Sizwe Banzi is Dead (Young Vic and UK Tour); Love is Easy (music video; McFly); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Custom/Practice); The Kitchen (Fourth Monkey); Faith, Hope & Charity (Southwark Playhouse); Emma Thompson Presents: Fair Trade (Shatterbox - Latitude, Rich Mix).

Direction Credits include: Jon Udry Punches Gravity in the Face (Jon Udry); Life on Wheels (Bella Kinetica); Rapunzel (Fourth Monkey).

Angela teaches at RADA and Fourth Monkey.

Surrey Advertiser - Beautiful Story of Boy's Move to the Capital
★★★★★

There are currently no reviews of Hare and Tortoise, but here's a review from a previous production...

There could not be a better way than this, to introduce your young child to theatre. And unlike a number of other children's productions I've been to, this didn't put me to sleep either.

Robin's Winter Adventure is a beautiful production by The Pied Piper Theatre Company about Robin, whose parents are faced with the daunting prospect of moving from their idyllic life in a countryside village, to the big, scary city of London.

Robin, with the help of his bird, conquers his fear of the unknown and embarks on a beautiful adventure with renewed hope and joy. The three cast members are extremely versatile and hold the attention of the audience right to the end.

Matthew Tanner, the star of the show, brings to life the character of Robin, whose love of poetry and rhyme on the one hand, and fear of the unknown on the other, is beautifully portrayed by the extremely talented actor. Leanne Rowley and Andrew Utley, primarily the parents, also play other smaller parts in the play, moving from one to the other effortlessly. 

And what better way to hold the attention of young children than  to fly a beautiful red robin, with a little boy on its back, in their midst. The puppets, a core part of the play, make quite an impact, especially in the dream sequence where Robin flies to London, taking in the sights on the back of his companion, the red robin.

The script is beautifully written. Writer and Director Tina Williams in collaboration with poet Joseph Coelho creates a picturesque image of London through Robin's poem. Wintry London with the 'icicle shard' and the Thames resembling 'a frozen ribbon to the sea' at one point and then being 'choked by claws of smoke' on the other, captivates both children and adults. With minimal set it is the words that create most of the imagery and display the feelings of fear in the beginning and hope and desire in the end.

Namita Gandhi.

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