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Synopsis

Show
Zoom!
Dates
November to February
Runtime
50 minutes approx
Writer & Director
Tina Williams
Stage Manager, Puppetry Director & Maker
Nick Ash
Suitable for ages 3 to 8 and their families
Book Tickets
Zoom!

Molly knows everything about space. All the planets and their moons; even the number of Saturn's rings. EVERYTHING!

Molly is definitely, absolutely going to be an astronaut when she grows up.

But when, one wintry night, Molly meets a visitor from outer space she realises she still has a lot to learn about looking after our very own planet, Earth.

"Zoom!" is a new play for children aged 3-8 years with music, songs and puppetry. A gentle introduction for young children into ways they can help to protect their environment.

Tamara Smith
Tamara Smith
Molly

Tamara is extremely excited to be playing Molly in 'Zoom!'. Her most recent credits include Princess Walthamstow (Sleeping Beauty) and Elf (Polar Express Train Ride).

Other credits include, The Reunion - (NFTS), Parade performer - (Disneyland Paris), Colonisation of Childhood - (Camden People's Theatre and Performing Places Bexley). Tamara is also a qualified gymnastics coach and enjoys singing, dancing and writing.

Dan Armstrong
Dan Armstrong
Dad & Leelo

Dan is originally from the New Forest in Hampshire. He trained at East 15 Acting School and the Curious School of Puppetry. Heʼs delighted to be back working with Pied Piper again having previously performed in The Big Enormous Present.

Other theatre work includes Pinocchio (Gloucester Guildhall), Journey to the Impossible (UK tour), Peter Pan (Regentʼs Park Open Air Theatre), Flew the Coop (New Diorama Theatre) and Scribbles (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Television work includes The Third Day (Punchdrunk International/Sky).

Tina Williams
Tina Williams
Writer & 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", and "A Little Princess" involving eight actors and eight young people.

Tina's recent original plays include ‘My BIG Little Sister’, Robin’s Winter Adventure’, ‘The Big ENORMOUS Present’ and ‘DIG’ Pied Piper’s current play for babies and young toddlers which she wrote together with Nicola Sangster.

For more details about Tina's work visit  'About Us'.

Nick Ash
Nick Ash
Stage Manager, Puppetry Director & Maker

Nick is an actor, stage manager, puppet and scenery maker and puppetry director. Nick is the co-founder of Scratch Built Productions, based at Proteus in Basingstoke. website:-scratchbuiltproductions.com

Nick has made sets and puppets for Pied Piper for the last six years and in this year's production takes the role of stage manager and puppetry director for ‘Zoom!’ 

Nick has appeared in two Pied Piper productions for babies and young toddlers ‘DIG!’ and ‘BEACH’.

Angela Gasparetto
Angela Gasparetto
Movement

Movement Direction credits include: Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre); 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. Most recently Angela has directed the movement in Frankenstein for The Royal Exchange, Manchester.

Julian Butler
Julian Butler
Music

Julian is an associate artist of Pied Piper Theatre Company. As well as music for Pied Piper he has composed music for lots of theatre shows for children and young people, including Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play, Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play and Gorilla (Polka Theatre, directed by Roman Stefanski), Up and Down (GaGa Theatre Company), The Paper Washi Wish and Little Sunshine, Little Rainfall (A Thousand Cranes Theatre), and A Christmas Carol (Lakeside Arts, Nottingham). He has written several musicals for young people including Beauty and the Beast, Red Riding Hood and Flat Stanley(with Mike Kenny, Engine House Theatre) and Run! A Sports Day Musical (with Lisa Evans, Polka Theatre).

Most recently Julian has adapted The Everywhere Bear for the Polka Theatre and on tour.

Catherine Chapman
Catherine Chapman
Design

Princess and Pea (Tutti Frutti), The Fever Chart (Pilot Theatre), The Diver (Soho Theatre and Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo), Fly in the Ointment, Cover her Feet (Stephen Joseph Theatre), King Arthur, As You Like It, The Crucible (costume design), Wind In The Willows,Coram Boy, 1984, Keys to the Kingdom, Bouncers, September in the Rain, The Trial, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (York Theatre Royal).  For Pied Piper, Burglar Bill, Robin’s Winter Adventureand Hare and Tortoise.

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

There are currently no reviews of Zoom!, 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.

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