A mysterious present has appeared in
the school playground.
Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? What could be waiting inside?

The Big ENORMOUS Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving..." /> The Pied Piper Theatre Company - The Big ENORMOUS Present

Synopsis

Show
The Big ENORMOUS Present
Dates
17th November - 2nd February
Runtime
50 minutes approx
Suitable for ages 3+
The Big ENORMOUS Present
It's big, it's huge, it's......ENORMOUS!

A mysterious present has appeared in
the school playground.
Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? What could be waiting inside?

The Big ENORMOUS Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving...
Dan Armstrong
Dan Armstrong
Jack

Dan trained at East 15 Acting School.

Theatre credits include: Div in Journey To The Impossible (The Bike Shed/Little Soldier Productions); Timmy in Flew The Coop (New Diorama/ Lost Watch); Lazy Davey in Wild Wilma (Moth Physical Theatre); Soldier in Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and William Wellington in Delight in The Woods (Zoo Co)

Dan loves pancakes, hiking up mountains and playing table tennis.

Sharla Smith
Sharla Smith
Dot

Sharla Smith is an ALRA graduate, and played her first major lead with Pied Piper Theatre Company as Ruby in My Big Little Sister which toured to theatres in the UK including The Lyric, Hammersmith.

Sharla’s other theatre credits include Take Away  (Theatre 503) and (Hackney Attic) and her self written one woman show Perception-ism  (Tarawa First) and the (Untied Solo festival) in New York city.

Most recently Sharla performed in Aladdin as multiple characters, Princess Jasmine and Hench fiend with (Sixteen Feet Productions) to her local community and schools in Lambeth. Sharla looks forward to once again working with Pied Piper Theatre Company.

When not on stage Sharla enjoys writing stage and screen plays as well as poetry. She has performed poetry at open mic and poetry nights, and is in the process of recording her poetry album.

Tessa Carmody
Tessa Carmody
Polly

Tessa trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Some of her theatre credits include Casca in Julius Caesar (Black Box Theatre), Puck in a Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lazarus Theatre Company), Itys/Echo/Nurse in The Love of the Nightingale (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School), 15 in Latitudes (The Lost Boys – Australia), Zu in The Shimmerin (Indivisible – Australia), Katie in Dear Death (Well Managed Productions – Australia), The Journalist in The Trial of J.T. Gregman (The Blue Room – Australia), April in Fire (WAYTCo – Australia), Tammy in Tinkertown (The Comedians – Australia), Ariel in The Tempest (Hayman Theatre Co – Australia), Hedda in Hedda Gabler (Hayman Theatre Co – Australia).

Hare & Tortoise "a show full of warmth and charm" - The Stage
★★★★

There are currently no reviews of The Big ENORMOUS Present, but here's a review from a previous production...

Following the success of Pied Piper Theatre’s Burglar Bill last year, this new two hander for very young children follows a similar format. There is little dialogue in Hare and Tortoise, lots of physicality and gentle joking, a neat narrative shape and some catchy songs. And it all sits very happily in the Yvonne Arnaud’s child-friendly studio space.

Catherine Chapman’s designs – flowers, snow, carrots, russet leaves, and more – underpin the seasonal progression, once Tortoise has emerged from hibernation and we await the famous race.

Ebony Feare is a deliciously charismatic tortoise, languorous with an impressive range of reptilian faces and stances and a resonant singing voice. Stefan Stuart’s ever impatient hare, more boyish than leporine, makes for an appropriately lively contrast despite his weaker singing voice.

Tuneful songs and accompanying music range from folk to Mozart, with lots of violin and piano in the backing; the show makes entertaining live use of Feare’s steel pan skills too.

Like most of Tina Williams’ work for the company she founded 30 years ago, Hare and Tortoise is a show full of warmth and charm, which at the opening performance had the school party of five and six year olds, which constituted most of the audience, engaged, gasping and laughing.