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How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Played Performing Arts of Penang from 6th – 10th March 2013
Played PJ Live Arts from 12th - 31st March 2013
Performed by Blunderbus Theatre Company
Presented by Gardner & WIfe Theatre Produced by Natalie Chong

 
Blunderbus' HOW TO CATCH A STAR UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company made their sixth visit to Malaysia with HOW TO CATCH A STAR. The inspirational story of a boy who loved the stars so much, he decided to catch one of his very own was beautifully directed and adapted for the stage by artistic director, Bill Davies with music and lyrics by Frank Goodhind from the bestselling children's book by award-winning author and designer, Oliver Jeffers.
 
 
SYNOPSISBased on the bestselling children's book by award-winning author, Oliver Jeffers. Adapted and directed by Bill Davies, with music and lyrics by Frank Goodhind.

Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much. Every night he watched stars from his bedroom window and wished he had one of his own. One day, he decided he would try to catch a star...but first he had to think of a plan.

Blunderbus is proud to present this funny,gentle retelling of Oliver Jeffers' bewitching story. This beautiful new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling - a must-see for small people aged 3-7, and grown-up stargazers!
 
CAST
Bill DaviesBILL DAVIES - Orion the storyteller
Bill trained at Rose Bruford College in London, graduating in 1997. He went on to founder Blunderbus in 1998, and has since adapted, directed and designed the set and puppets for over 70 professional productions, including his own versions of Animal Farm, The Tempest, The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte's Web, Treasure Island, and The Railway Children. Bill feels priveleged to be able to work for children, always striving to create the very best theatre possible for young audiences.

Bill has adapted many published children's books, including Helen Cooper's Pumpkin Soup, Marcus Pfister's The Rainbow Fish, David McKee's Elmer, Giles Andreae & Guy Parker Rees's Giraffes Can't Dance, Faustin Charles & Michael Terry's The Selfish Crocodile and Diana Hendry & Jane Chapman's The Very Noisy Night, followed by its successor, The Very Snowy Christmas.

In 2012, Bill's hugely successful adaptation of Jill Tomlinson's The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark toured to theatres across the UK, but also flew off to Dubai, Malaysia and Singapore. To date, the show has played to over 200,000 children nationally and internationally.

Bill is also a seasoned performer, having appeared in many of the Blunderbus productions. He is very excited to be returning to KL to share this lovely new story with old friends!
 
FAY HENNELL pictureFAY HENNELL - Aurora the storyteller
Fay's passion for stories started when she was very young and could not hear, learn or read enough stories. This passion evolved into a love of telling stories and theatre soon beckoned. She graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2008 with a degree in European Theatre Arts. During her training, part of her studies involved an exchange at Lavakunstikool in Tallinn, Estonia, where she had the opportunity to explore theatre practice within different cultural contexts and perform The Bluebird, directed by Kart Tomingas.

Her theatre credits include Colin/Ogre in Puss in Boots with Partytime Productions, Jim/Narrator in Dragon Tails with Root & Branch Theatre and Kitty in The Calculating Mr One with Quantum Theatre. She also completed an outdoor theatre tour with Quantum Theatre in which she played characters as diverse as Viola in Twelfth Night and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations.

Fay has been touring with Blunderbus for over a year, and recently finished a long tour as 'Sam' and other roles in their adaptation of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, various roles in The Selfish Crocodile and Big Mouse in The Very Snowy Christmas.

Fay is always eager to embrace new challenges, gain new skills and tell new stories, which makes being part of a devising storytelling company the perfect job/lifestyle! When not performing, Fay can still be found with her nose in a book, reading or researching fairytales and following the stories wherever they may lead.
 
BEN SBUTTONI pictureBEN SBUTTONI - Boy
Ben has recently joined the family of Blunderbus after touring Italy for 10 months last year, taking English children's theatre to Italian children. When he heard and read about Blunderbus he was instantly attracted to its vibrant and exciting approach to children's theatre and seeing that their values and ethos are exactly what he had been looking for. He completely enjoys the honest wonder and amazement of the young audience and feels that playing to this audience is such fun and the most rewarding.

Ben is completely at home with the rep theatre style as he trained at The Rep College, Reading, before beginning his extremely varied acting career. Amongst other things Ben has appeared in two short films as well as working in theatre in education. He played in panto in 2011 and then went straight to Italy in 2012.

Ben's love of theatre is long-standing and working as a profession actor is what he has always wanted to do. His love of the theatre brings him pure enjoyment and he brings enthusiasm and energy in everything he does. He is particularly interested in physicality, mask work and also comedy, all of which the children love. When he is not performing, Ben's other passion is Formula One Racing which he follows closely (Ferrari of course) along with a large plate of authentic Italian spaghetti.

Blunderbus is proving to be an exciting and fulfilling experience for Ben. The goals are set high, always stretching the actors to attain excellence. It is rewarding hard work. He is enjoying the new challenge. So far he has appeared in How to Catch a Star and The Selfish Crocodile.
 
Blunderbus Theatre Company
About Blunderbus Theatre Company
Blunderbus is a professional theatre company established in 1998 with charitable status. For over a decade, the company has been creating magical theatrical experiences for children and their families. Blunderbus plays to over 200,000 children each year, touring to theatres, arts centres, schools and festivals across the UK. Blunderbus employs a small administrative and creative team, which includes professional actor-puppeteers who work full-time for the company. Their actors work in 'rep', performing in all of our shows throughout the year.
 
CREW
Production Manager - Bebe Chan
Lighting Designer - Yusman Mokhtar
Sound Operator - John Siew