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The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark
Played PJ Live Arts from 25th February - 23rd March, 2016
Played Penang PAC @ Straits Quay from 11th March, 2016
Performed by Blunderbus Theatre Company
Presented by Gardner & Wife Theatre Produced by Natalie Chong
 
THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company made their sixth visit to KL, returning with their wonderful production of Jill Tomlinson's best-selling classic book. Used to reassure generations of young children about the "scary" dark, this charming stage adaptation continues to show children that "the dark is fun" as they follow Plop, the baby barn owl, on his journeys into the night-time world of campfires, fireworks and moonlit adventures!?
 
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SYNOPSIS
Join Plop, the baby barn owl as he journeys into the night-time world of campfires, fireworks and moonlit adventures! Based on the bestselling children’s classic by Jill Tomlinson and
performed by the Blunderbus Theatre Company (UK), this gentle, reassuring tale is brought to life with an irresistible blend of live music, puppetry and storytelling.

Written especially for children aged 3 - 7, and grown-ups who still sleep with the lights on.

Plop was a baby Barn Owl. He lived at the top of a tall tree, in a field. He was fat and fluffy. He had big round eyes. He had very knackety knees. Plop was exactly the same as every barn owl that has ever been – except for one thing. He was AFRAID of the DARK.

“I don’t like it” said Plop. “I do not like it AT ALL!”

One day, Mrs Barn Owl suggested that Plop fly down into the world and find out about the dark for himself. So, Plop climbed out of his nest-hole, peeped over the edge, wobbled a bit, and fell off his branch. And so, began Plop’s adventure...

Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs, in a show for everyone aged 4 and up.
 
Plop the owl's Activity Pack
THE PLOP ACTIVITY PACK
If you're a teacher who brought your students to PJ Live Arts to see THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK, and would like a .pdf copy of the excellent, 65-page Teacher's Activity Pack, please drop us an email with your name, your school and we'll send it to you.

Prepared by the UK Blunderbus Theatre Company, and written by their qualified primary teachers, it is sixty-five pages packed with Activity sheets quizzes, lesson plans, sheet music, and more!

Email Donna schools@gardnerandwife.com or
call her at 03-2273-1398 (Monday -Friday)
 
CASTSIMON SANCHEZ pictureSIMON SANCHEZ Simon trained at Nottingham’s Clarendon College and Leicester's De Montfort University.
For the past 14 years, he has toured both in the UK and internationally as an actor, director, writer and facilitator in Theatre-in-Education, Theatre for Children and Physical Theatre projects. His credits include Jinks in The Magic Garden (Speakeasy Theatre); Tjaden in All Quiet
on The Western Front
and Rian in Children of The Crown (Nottingham Playhouse); Dami in Tartuffe (Central Line Touring); Pug in 101 Dalmatians (Royal and Derngate); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (No Nonsense Theatre); Julius in The Tulip Touch (Red Earth Theatre) and Mr Briggs in Our Day Out (Roundabout). Simon was born and raised in sunny Warrington, the jewel of the North West. His happiest memories of his
childhood are his regular intrepid adventures with his loyal friend ‘Rebel’ (the family dog), his constant daydreaming at school and later the drama of going to watch his beloved Everton FC.
 
Fay Hennell
FAY HENNELL picture
Fay graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2008 with a degree in European Theatre Arts. Since then she has immersed herself in a variety of performance projects including dance in Beauty in Stone with Preface Morn, performance art in All Together Now with Ian Giles Studio and short film Station Road with Footlong Films.

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 has recently 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 the past 7 months, and is currently playing 'Sam' and a variety of other roles in their adaptation of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark.
 
EDWIN WRIGHT pictureEdwin Wright
Edwin trained at GSA Conservatoire. Previously he studied at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Recent theatre credits: Bin Raider/Mr Watson Bin Raider, Toby Belch/Feste/Anonio Twelfth Night Jaggers/ Magwitch/ Ensemble Great Expectations (Quantum Theatre UK Tour) Present/Fezziwig/Future A Christmas Carol, Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice (Chapterhouse Theatre Company UK Theatre Tour) Benedick/Don John Much Ado About Nothing (UK Tour), Richie Love and Understanding, Deeley Old Times (Lean Beggar Theatre Company) Romeo Romeo and Juliet, Friar Laurence Romeo and Juliet, (UK Tour), Sir Bedevere Merlin The Magician (UK Tour), Caliban The Tempest (BlackCat Theatre Company), The Genie Aladdin (Pyramid), Hedge/Pike The Sword In The Stone (Cambridge Touring Theatre). Edwin is delighted to be joining Blunderbus Theatre Company for the first time.

 
SIMON SANCHEZ pictureSTAGE MANAGER Simon Sanchez trained at Nottingham’s Clarendon College and Leicester's De Montfort University.
For the past 14 years, he has toured both in the UK and internationally as an actor, director, writer and facilitator in Theatre-in-Education, Theatre for Children and Physical Theatre projects. His credits include Jinks in The Magic Garden (Speakeasy Theatre); Tjaden in All Quiet
on The Western Front
and Rian in Children of The Crown (Nottingham Playhouse); Dami in Tartuffe (Central Line Touring); Pug in 101 Dalmatians (Royal and Derngate); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (No Nonsense Theatre); Julius in The Tulip Touch (Red Earth Theatre) and Mr Briggs in Our Day Out (Roundabout). Simon was born and raised in sunny Warrington, the jewel of the North West. His happiest memories of his
childhood are his regular intrepid adventures with his loyal friend ‘Rebel’ (the family dog), his constant daydreaming at school and later the drama of going to watch his beloved Everton FC.
 
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
2016 Crew
Production/Stage Coordinator - Tuck Yip
Lighting Coordinator - Yusman Mohktar
Set Building - David Wong

2012 Crew
Production Manager - Bebe Chan
Lighting Designer - Ee Chee Wei
Sound Operator - John Siew
 
REVIEWS
The Star9/03/2012 The Star by Jeremy Tan
TIMID OWL WOWS YOUNG CROWD
Throughout, audiences were kept entertained by interactive elements, be it sprinkles of water or projectiles of ‘bird poop’. It was bound to have the young ones breaking out in laughter. "... we wanted them to join in and be part of the adventure.

+ moreStage KL9/03/2012 Stage KL by Dennis Lee
WHEN WOOD TAKES ON FUN LIFE
The audience will not feel left out throughout the show because there will be plenty of audience participation activities like question and answer, interactive gestures and some throw-and-catch involved.. There will be water spraying effect around the theater too. And for the kids, it was the best part of all. + more
 
PAST SHOWS
Played 19th - 23rd June 2012 at PJ Live Arts
Performed by Blunderbus Theatre Company
Presented by Gardner & Wife Theatre Produced by Natalie Chong
 
THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK UK's Blunderbus Theatre Company made their fifth visit to KL, and their first visit to the brand-new Performing Arts Centre of Penang, with their production of Jill Tomlinson's best-selling classic book THE OWL WHO WAS AFRAID OF THE DARK. Used to reassure generations of young children about the "scary" dark by joining Plop, the baby barn owl as he journeys into the night-time world of campfires, fireworks and moonlit adventures!