Based on the poem by Edward Lear.

A Little Angel Theatre and Cubic Feet co-production in association with Monstro Theatre

Sat 14 September – Sun 10 November 2019
See Diary for performance times

Location: Theatre.

“This is a deliciously visceral experience that leaves the young audience with their skin tingling and their curiosity piqued”
The Guardian

And those who watch at that midnight hour
From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
Cry, as the wild light passes along, –
“The Dong! The Dong!
The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
The Dong! The Dong!
The Dong with a luminous nose!

Edward is a bit of an oddball. A shy and troubled boy, he makes no effort to get on with other people. Instead he is always watching the horizon, waiting for something to happen. Then one day “the Jumblies” arrive, and his life is turned upside down… then shaken about a bit… and then a bit more!

With a huge and colourful cast of abstract and figurative puppets, this absurd take on Lear’s nonsense classic explores that difficult age between being a child and becoming an adult.

Brought to you by the designer/director and composer partnership behind Little Angel Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

Age guidance:

The Dong with a Luminous Nose is aimed at ages 7 – adult. A rich mix of references and tight choreography conjure up an atmospheric world, enticing for adults as well as older children. The storytelling is quite abstract, and it explores the emotional difficulties of growing up, so younger children will not follow or identify as well. There are shapeshifting creatures and characters that could appear sinister at first, as well as a storm scene that could be a little dark for younger children.

View diary & book tickets

£14 Full-price Adults
£12 Children (age 1 – 15) and Concessions
All tickets £8 for previews 14 – 20 September
All tickets £8 at 4.30pm on Sat 28 September, Sat 19 October and Sat 2 November
Friday Fives: all tickets £5 at 5pm on Fridays

Running Time: 1 hr approx


School Bookings
Call box office on 020 7226 1787 to make a school booking.

Tickets for school groups are £6.50 per person (weekdays only).

School workshops
To enhance your pupils’ educational experience around their visit to The Dong with a Luminous Nose, we are offering two tailored in-school workshops – on Drama Poetry and Be a Young Critic. These can be added on to your ticket booking. Click here for more information.

The Dong with a Luminous Nose Education Pack.

Young Poets Network – Competition
We’ve partnered with The Poetry Society to run a competition inspired by the poetry of Edward Lear. Write your own nonsense poem and enter for the chance to win some great prizes. Entries can be individual or by class. Find out more here or download a class entry form.


D/deaf friendly:
This production is categorised as D/deaf friendly as it is highly visual and uses little verbal language. The story can be understood equally by D/deaf and hearing audiences. Find out more here.

Relaxed Performances:
Sat 26 October, 2.15pm
Call the box office on 020 7226 1787 to book for a Relaxed Performance.
Call the box office to enquire about booking a weekday Relaxed Performance for a school.

What is a Relaxed Performance? Find out more here.

Visual Story
Find the visual story for The Dong with a Luminous Nose here.

What is a visual story? Find out more here.

Adapted, directed and designed by Peter O’Rourke
Music composed and sound designed by Ben Glasstone
Lighting designed by David Duffy
Performed by Michael Fowkes, Ronnie Le Drew, Andrea Sadler, Gilbert Taylor and Lizzie Wort