Synopsis

Show
Star in the Jar
Dates
November to February
Runtime
50 minutes approx
Adapted & Directed
Tina Williams
Illustrations
Sarah Massini
Suitable for ages 3 to 8 and their families
Book Tickets
Star in the Jar

When a little boy stumbles across a special star, he puts it in a jar and takes it on adventures.

But the poor star misses its home... Can the little boy and his big sister find a way to send the star safely back?

From Star in the Jar by Sam Hay. Illustrations copyright © 2018 Sarah Massini. Published by Egmont UK Ltd and used with permission.



Approx 50 minutes.
Available for bookings.

Lauren Fitzpatrick
Lauren Fitzpatrick
Sarah

Lauren trained at Guildford School of Acting.

Her theatre credits include: Margaret Younghusband in Mold Riots (Theatre Clwyd); Bertha Grayle in Just to Get Married (Finborough Theatre); Open Court (The Royal Court); Cat in Pinocchio (Z-Arts). 

Television credits: Chloe in Eastenders

Mark Notley
Mark Notley
Sam

Mark trained at East 15.

In 2017 he co-founded Project Lockout, a physical theatre company, who have since created 3 shows that have been taken to the Clifftown Theatre (Southend Fringe), The Cockpit (Camden Fringe) and the Cambridge Junction (Fusion Theatre Festival); with their 2nd show 'Feel the Fear' winning the most highly anticipated show award at Camden in 2018.

Mark worked with Peer Productions for 9 months and with Theatrino for 6 months in Italy, performing to over 30,000 children in 2 years between 2014 and 2016.

He is very excited to be working with Pied Piper Theatre Company in 'Star in the Jar'.

Tina Williams
Tina Williams
Adapted & Directed

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'.

Sarah Massini
Illustrations

Sarah’s mum always said it was a blessing how paper and a pencil could keep her quiet and out of mischief for hours. Drawing has been a lifelong habit that has seen her through careers in corporate design, children’s book design and now as a successful illustrator . . . and illustrating is what she loves doing best. Sarah lives in Sussex with her husband, Peter, her young son, Mathew, and her utterly mad terrier, Tess, who keeps guard as she draws.

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 Star in the Jar, 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.