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Oifrogandfriends

Oi Frog and Friends Live on Stage

Based on the bestselling books by

Adapted for the stage by

EMMA EARLE, ZOE SQUIRE, LUKE BATEMAN & RICHY HUGHES

★★★★

“This ZANY, SILLY, GOOD-NATURED show had my two and a half year old
  jumping out of his seat.”
  The Times

“A WILD TIME for fans of RHYME.”
  The Guardian

★★★★★

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for its SPARKLING SCRIPT, EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCES and WONDERFUL DESIGN 
The Spy in the Stalls

UK TOUR INFORMATION

CHRISTMAS SEASON 2021

CARDIFF
Wales Millenium Centre, Weston Studio
15 Dec - 2 Jan

UK TOUR 2022

DARTFORD
Orchard Theatre
26 - 30 Jan
TRURO
Playhouse
4 - 6 Feb
NORWICH
Playhouse On Sale Soon
8 - 13 Feb
LEICESTER
Curve, Studio
16 - 20 Feb
CHICHESTER
Minerva Theatre
22 - 24 Feb
POOLE
Lighthouse
25 - 27 Feb
CROYDON
Ashcroft Theatre
1 - 3 Mar
EXETER
Northcott On Sale Soon
5 - 6 Mar
ILKLEY
King's Hall On Sale Soon
8 - 9 Mar
STIRLING
Macrobert Arts Centre
11 - 12 Mar
BILLINGHAM
Forum Theatre On Sale Soon
14 - 15 Mar
EDINBURGH
Festival Theatre
17 - 20 Mar
INVERNESS
Eden Court
21 - 22 Mar
MOLD
Theatr Clwyd On Sale Soon
25 - 27 Mar
YORK
Theatre Royal On Sale Soon
4 - 5 Apr
NORTH FINCHLEY
artsdepot On Sale Soon
12 - 17 Apr
NEWCASTLE
Northern Stage On Sale Soon
21 - 24 Apr
TAUNTON
Brewhouse
26 - 28 Apr
HORSHAM
Capitol On Sale Soon
30 Apr - 2 May

Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools,
gophers sit on sofas and frogs sit on logs

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?

It’s a new day at Sittingbottom school and FROG is looking for a place to sit, but CAT has other ideas and DOG is doing as he’s told. Little do any of them know that chaos is coming..

Who knew there were so many rhyming rules and what will happen when FROG is in charge?

Join FROG, CAT and DOG in this Olivier Award nominated stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling books. Expect songs, puppets, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at. Oi Frog & Friends! is created for the stage by Emma Earle, Zoe SquireLuke Bateman and Richy Hughes.

55 minutes of fun for ages 3+

CREATIVE TEAM

Emma Earle – Direction & Script

Emma trained at the National Theatre Studio and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is Co-Artistic Director of Pins and Needles Productions. Emma has directed and adapted numerous shows for family audiences, including the world premieres of two of Raymond Briggs’ best loved picture books Father Christmas and The Bear, and the Atwater’s Mr Popper’s Penguins. All three shows have toured extensively, including West End, New York and Hong Kong. Recent

credits include Little Mermaid which won Best Show for Children and Young People at the 2018 UK Theatre Awards; Scarlet Pimpernel; Flies; Adventures in Wonderland; Dinner at the Twits. Emma is an Associate Artist of the egg, Theatre Royal Bath and Les Enfants Terribles theatre company. She is hugely supported by her family and can’t wait to share Oi Frog & Friends! with children Dottie and Barnaby.

 

Zoe Squire – Design & Script

Zoe trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is Co-Artistic Director of Pins and Needles Productions. Zoe has designed and adapted an array of shows for family audiences, including the world premieres of two of Raymond Briggs’ books Father Christmas and The Bear, and Mr Popper’s Penguins. All three shows have toured extensively, including

West End, Broadway and Hong Kong. Recent credits include Little Mermaid which won Best Show for Children and Young People at the 2018 UK Theatre Awards; Scarlett Pimpernel; Flies; Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. Zoe is an Associate Artist of the egg, Theatre Royal Bath.

www.zoesquire.com

 

Luke Bateman – Music & Script

Musical scores include: Mr Popper’s Penguins (West End, New York, USA, UK Tours); H.R.Haitch (The Union Theatre); The Little Beasts (The Other Palace); The Sorrows of Satan (Tristan Bates Theatre) All I Want for Christmas, (Jermyn Street & Upstairs at the Gatehouse) Bachelor Boys, Lord Byron’s Mistress (JST). Music for plays include: The Nightingales (Theatre

Royal Bath & UK Tour) Reel Life (Ustinov- Bath & St James) Dark Tourism (Park Theatre), The Autumn Garden; On Approval; St Johns Night; Mother Adam (JST). Arrangements include: The Nightingales (Theatre Royal Bath) West End Recast (Duke of Yorks & Phoenix), Sarah Brightman’s Classics.

 

Richy Hughes – Lyrics & Script

Richy’s credits include Superhero (Southwark Playhouse); Mr Popper’s Penguins (Criterion, New Victory, UK and US tours) and A Song Cycle For Soho (Soho Theatre). Awards: 2018 Off-West-End Award for Best New Musical (for Superhero), Stiles and Drewe Prize (for “Don’t Look Down” from Superhero) and the 2017 Xmas Factor All Stars Prize for Best New

Christmas Song (for “The Beautiful Game”). Richy is a member of the Book, Music & Lyrics workshop, London. He is massively supported and inspired by his wife, Nikki, and his children Jessica and Harry.

www.richyhughes.com

 

Yvonne Stone – Puppet Design

Yvonne studied puppetry at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is a puppet designer, director, maker and puppeteer. Theatre credits include Warhorse, Nation and His Dark Materials for the National Theatre; Room on the Broom and Gruffalo’s Child for Tall Stories; Frankenstein for Blackeyed Theatre; Rubbish and Mojo for Theatre Rites; Alice for Metta Theatre; and Disney’s The Lion King. She also designed and fabricated the puppets for the National Theatre’s

Jubilee Tribute. TV work includes Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance for Netflix; Pompidou by Matt Lucas for BBC2; Mongrels for BBC3; and Space Pirates, Doodle Do and Mr Bloom’s Nursery for CBeebies.

 

Ric Mountjoy – Lighting Designer

Ric designs lighting for Theatre and Opera. His work has been seen worldwide: in Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Beijing; in Seattle, Dubai and Doha, and most significantly in London and New York City. Recent lighting designs include The Play that Goes Wrong on Broadway & West End; Uncle Vanya (Theatr Clwyd & Sheffi eld Theatres); Darbar Festival (Akram Khan & Sadler’s Wells Theatre); Emancipation of Expressionism (Boy Blue Entertainment, Barbican Theatre & BBC TV); and The Great Gatsby (Theatr Clwyd). For Pins and Needles: Little Mermaid (Theatre Royal Bath); Mr Popper’s Penguins (Seattle,

Minneapolis, New York City). For Kenny Wax Family Entertainment: What the Ladybird Heard (International Tours).

www.ricmountjoy.com

 

Andy Shaw – Sound Designer

Andy Shaw of Jollygoodtunes has been designing sound and music for theatre since 1997. Recent show highlights include, The Comedy about A Bank Robbery (West End and number one tour); Wilde Creatures (UK and International tour); The Canterville Ghost (UK tour); The Gruffalo (UK and international tours); The Gruffalo’s Child (UK and international tours);

Room on the Broom (UK and International tours); The Snow Dragon (UK and international tours); Emily Brown and The Thing (UK tour); What the Ladybird Heard (UK and international tours); Mr Benn (UK tour) and The Tiger Who Came to Tea

(UK tour and International tours).

 

John Bulleid – Magic Consultant

John is a Magic Consultant, Actor and Magician. Credits include: Witches of Eastwick (Cirkus, Stockholm); Harry Potter & The Cursed Child (Palace Theatre); The Worst Witch (Northampton/UK Tour/Vaudeville Theatre); A Very Very Dark Matter (Bridge Theatre); #WeAreArrested (RSC/Arcola Theatre); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain (Theatre Royal Bath); The Invisible Man (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Beauty and The Beast (Watford Palace); The Star (Liverpool Everyman); Partners In Crime (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); The Inn at Lydda (Shakespeare’s Globe); Dirty Dancing (Secret Cinema);

Dracula (Paul Ewing Entertainment, Thailand); The Gypsy Thread (National Theatre Studio); The Ladykillers, The Secret Adversary (Watermill Theatre); Thark (Park Theatre).

 

Kes Gray – Author

Kes Gray is a bestselling, multi award-winning author of more than 70 books for children. He eats Ideaflakes for breakfast, spreads silliness on his toast and lives in a place called Different. Kes was the second bestselling picture book author in Oi Frog!, Oi Dog!, Oi Cat! and Oi Duck-billed Platypus! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! won the Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award and the British Book Award, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children’s Book of the Season and Oi Goat! was the number one bestselling World Book Day book in 2018. Oi Frog! received a Silver Award at the Nielsen Bookscan Awards 2019, and Oi Duck-billed Platypus! was shortlisted for the Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019.

 

Jim Field – Illustrator

Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-framesper-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. He has since illustrated a string of bestselling, multi-award-winning children’s books, including Oi Frog! and The Lion Inside, as well as young fiction series Rabbit and Bear. Jim is the 5th bestselling illustrator in the UK.

 

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment – Producer

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment is renowned for producing some of the best family theatre in the West End and on tour in the UK and worldwide. Productions include: What the Ladybird Heard, Around the World in 80 Days and the Olivier Award nominated (‘Best Family Entertainment’) stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather. They have also had great success with We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Mr Popper’s Penguins and The Worst Witch adapted from Jill Murphy’s original book series. In 2020 they will bring The 13-Storey Treehouse to the UK stage General management includes: Tall Stories Theatre Company’s The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and the Olivier award nominated Room on the Broom.

 

THE COMPANY

Direction and Script: Emma Earle

Design and Script: Zoe Squire

Music and Script: Luke Bateman

Lyrics and Script: Richy Hughes

Puppet Design: Yvonne Stone

Lighting Designer: Ric Mountjoy

Sound Designer: Andy Shaw

Magic Consultant: John Bulleid

Costume Props Maker: Chris Barlow

Wardrobe Supervisor: Louise Smith

Animation: Edward Vosper & Iina Kuula

Production Manager: Nick May

 

FOR KENNY WAX FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

Producer: Kenny Wax

Executive Assistant to Kenny Wax: Jennifer Amey

General Manager: Siobhan Higgins

General Manager: Emily McDonald

Press and Marketing Manager: Nat Habety

Chief Operating Officer: Lettie Graham

Tour Booker: Kelly Bulled

Tour Booker: Tim Hennessy

Production Coordinator: Fiona Bradley

Marketing Coordinator: Sarah O’Hanlon

Marketing Coordinator: Zoe Jackson

Production Assistant: Susannah Jacobs

Graphic Design: Amanda Sutton

Bookkeeping: Richard Brundle

Production Accountants: Michael Collins

& Lois Hargeaves for Collins & Company

Insurance: Michael Israel & Robert Israel

for Gordon & Co

Transport: CEG