EMILY BROWN AND THE THING
A musical adaptation of the book by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton
Produced by Tall Stories
From London, England
About the Company
Something monstrous is keeping Emily Brown awake...
One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. The poor Thing just can’t get to sleep, so 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? Parents and children the world over will recognize all the bizarre excuses a child can make to keep the light on and a parent in the room at bedtime, and this story has a gentle message that there's really no need to be scared of 'Things' in the night.
Touching on themes of fear, bravery and adventure, this production has great songs, clever puppets, and characters that audiences of all ages will adore. Join us for this magical musical show, based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell (writer of 'How to Train your Dragon') and Neal Layton.
Official Showcase Selection at IPAY 2017!
Best for Grades: PreK - 3rd
Audience Size: Small to Medium Venues
Please contact us to watch a full length archival recording.
Past Tours include: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Snail and the Whale, and Room on the Broom
Tall Stories brings great stories to life for audiences of all ages. The company was founded in 1997 by joint artistic directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell, who have co-created all the company’s shows since then.
Tall Stories is a registered charity which has become internationally recognised for its exciting blend of storytelling theatre, original music and lots of laughs. The company’s unique brand of physical storytelling theatre has toured from Cornwall to Aberdeen and from New York to Sydney.
For more information, please visit the company's website: http://www.tallstories.org.uk/
Director: Olivia Jacobs
Creative producer: Toby Mitchell
Designer: Isla Shaw
Puppet Designer: Yvonne Stone
Lighting Designer: James Whiteside
Choreographer: Luanna Priestman
Music: Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for JollyGoodTunes
Scenic Construction: Harrogate Theatre Scenic Services
Costumier: Christine Atkinson
Knitter: Hannah Alton
Assistant Costume Designer: Lisa Aitken
Wigs: Diana Hudson
Touring Cast: TBA
Gallery of Past Productions
See Performances of “Emily Brown and the Thing":
December 11-23, 2017 at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Australia.
January 3-14, 2018 at Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia.
January 15-21, 2018 at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong.
January 25, 2018 at The British School, Paris, France.
Or see the company on the road with "The Gruffalo"
Language Arts: Role Playing, Imagination, Storytelling, Alliteration
Fine Arts: Music, Drama, Puppetry, Adapting a book into a musical
Community Values: Courage, Self Esteem, Problem Solving
Minimum Technical Requirements
Load In Time: Four hours (pre-rig required.)
Crew Needs: 4 crew members -1 stage, 2 LX, & 1 Sound (not students or volunteers.) 1 crew member to operate either light or sound during show.
Min. Stage Size: 20’ wide x 20’ deep, 12’ high. Two dressing rooms
Sound Needs: All sound will be operated via Q lab. 3 wireless mics with receivers and transmitters. 2 monitor speakers placed in the Downstage corners of the stage.
Load Out Time: 2 hours
Outreach and Workshops
With advance notice, Tall Stories can offer additional workshop or outreach opportunities and pre/post performance events. Possible activities include:
Tall Stories present Small Stories
Tall Stories present a workshop, which looks at some of the ways they use to tell stories in their shows. Find out how to create a story in pictures, how to create a character using your body – and then tell your own story in small groups. The workshop is a fast-moving, enjoyable introduction to storytelling in theatre – using games, freeze frames and well-known tales. Lots of fun – dress in loose clothes!
Duration: 1 hour
Max no of pupils: Ideally 20
Age suitability: Suitable for 5 to 8 year olds. (Teacher must be present)
Room: A clear, self contained room large enough for the number of participants and preferably not the theatre space itself.
“Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” Performances
Tall Stories is committed to providing opportunities for all families to be able to attend the theatre. This production may be offered as “Relaxed” or “Sensory Friendly” performance for families and children with special needs. Sensory Friendly performances are designed to provide an opportunity for people and children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders or related disorders, learning difficulties, or other sensory and communication needs who require a more relaxed environment. Tall Stories frequently holds Sensory Friendly performances, signed/audio described performances, pre-show touch tours, and more.
If you are interested in or planning on organizing a performance of this sort for ‘Emily Brown and the Thing’ we would be delighted to work with you on it, provided we know about this request well in advance. We can provide a sample visual guide to the story for Sensory Performances and discuss any other aids that would be useful. There may be small changes to the show such as to the lighting and sound.