Handa’s Surprise

Suitable for ages 2 – 6

Running time 35 minutes

Adapted from the book by Eileen Browne

Our most popular early year show is back! Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village.  Handa is taking 7 delicious fruits as a surprise – but 7 different animals have 7 very different ideas… could you resist the sweet-smelling guava?  How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit?

A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation.  Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!

vibrant performers.. singing and stomping in Swahili rhythms (Time Out)

A short, sunshiny little show with a delicious citrus finish.” (Critics’ Choice Time Out)

Adapted from the book by Eileen Browne
Directed by Marleen Vermeulen
Designed by Sophia Lovell Smith
Puppets by Peter O’Rourke

Tour Dates Autumn 2017

Polka Theatre, London / 30 Sept – 1 Oct / Box Office – 020 8543 4888

Canada Water Culture Space, London / 7 Oct / Box Office – 020 7525 2931

Jacksons Lane, London / 8 Oct / Box Office – 020 8341 4421

Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London / 10 Oct / Box Office – 020 8365 5450

Fullwell Cross Library, Ilford / 11 Oct / Box Office – 020 8708 9281

Brighton Dome / 13 & 14 Oct / Box Office – 01273 709709

Cambridge Junction / 15 Oct / Box Office – 01223 511 511

Longsight Library and Learning Centre, Manchester / 19 Oct / Box Office – 0161 227 3706

The Atkinson, Southport / 20 Oct / Box Office – 01704 533333

Leigh Library / 21 Oct / Box Office –  01942 404404

Z – Arts, Manchester / 22 Oct / Box Office –  0161 232 6089

Lancaster Arts / 23 Oct / Box Office – 01524 594151

The Goodwill Hall, Faddiley / 25 Oct / Box Office – 01270 524 441

Chester Lane Library, St Helens / 26 Oct / Box Office – 01744 677081

Waterside Arts Centre, Sale / 27 Oct / Box Office –  0161 912 5616

Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Tameside / 28 Oct / Box Office – 0161 343 2878

Burnley Youth Theatre / 30 Oct / Box Office – 01282 427767

Half Moon Theatre, London / 4 Nov / Box Office – 020 7709 8900

The Dugdale Centre, Enfield / 5 Nov / Box Office – 020 8807 6680

Tour Dates Spring 2015

The Witham, Durham / 30 Jan / Box Office – 01833 631 107

The Arc, Stockton-on-Tees / 31 Jan / Box Office – 01642 525199

The Broadway, Barking / 5 Feb / Box Office – 020 8507 5607

Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton / 7 Feb / Box Office – 0844 884 8832

Greenwich Theatre, London / 15 & 16 Feb / Box Office – 020 8858 7755

Wanstead Library, London / 17 Feb / Box Office – 020 8708 7400

Radlett Centre, Radlett / 20 Feb / Box Office – 01923 859291

Half Moon Theatre, London / 21 Feb / Box Office – 020 7709 8900

Clapham Omnibus, London / 22 Feb / Box Office – 020 7498 4699

Brighton Dome, Brighton / 26 – 28 Feb / Box Office – 01273 709709

The Edge, Manchester / 6 & 7 Mar / Box Office – 0161 282 9776

Leigh Library, Wigan / 9 Mar / Box Office – 01942 404 404

The Atkinson, Southport / 10 Mar / Box Office – 01704533333

Action Transport Theatre, Ellesmere Port / 11 Mar / Box Office – 0151 357 2120

Burnley Arts Centre, Burnley / 12 Mar / Box Office – 01282458655

Canada Water Culture Space, London / 14 Mar / Box Office – 020 7525 2931

Mill Arts and Events Centre, Rayleigh / 15 Mar / Box Office – 01268 778171

Artsdepot, London / 22 Mar / Box Office – 02083695454

Stratford Circus, London / 26 – 28 Mar / Box Office – 08443572625

Little Angel Theatre, London / 31 Mar – 10 Apr / Box Office – 020 7226 1787

The Gulbenkian, Canterbury / 12 Apr / Box Office – 01227 769075

Tour Dates Autumn 2012

Horse and Bamboo / 22nd Sept

The Lyric  / 28th, 29th & 30th Sept

Brighton Dome / 5 & 6 Oct

Rich Mix / 7 Oct

The Unicorn / 9 – 11 Oct

Vera Fletcher Theatre / 13 Oct

Arts Depot / 14 Oct

The Core at Corby Cube / 20 Oct

Barnsley Civic / 21 Oct

Oldham Coliseum /22 Oct

Watersedge Arts Centre / 23 Oct

Harrogate Theatre Royal / 25 – 27 Oct

The Tricycle / 29 – 31 Oct

Bridgwater Arts Centre / 6 Nov

Tara Arts / 9 & 10 Nov

The Albany / 11 & 12 Nov

Newhampton Arts Centre / 14 Nov

Jacksons Lane / 18 Nov

The Edge Arts Centre / 19 Nov

The Hive / 23 Nov

Half Moon Theatre / 1 Dec