Synopsis

Show
Snowflakes
Dates
15th November - 12th February
Runtime
45 minutes approx
Director
Tina Williams
Suitable for ages 3+
Snowflakes

A co-production with Oxford Playhouse.

Mia has come to live with her Grandma far away from where she was born. It isn't at all like her old life in the city and at first she feels different from the new children she sees. But when she watches the snow falling, Mia realises that she is just like one of the snowflakes - unique and perfect in her own way. A show that celebrates the specialness in everyone from Cerrie Burnell, the well-loved CBeebies presenter and best-selling children's author.

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.

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

There are currently no reviews of Snowflakes, 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.