Projects

The Orange

We worked with The Herd Theatre to create a speculative show for 2-5year olds and their families. Together we created an original story, wrote a script, made music, developed a design and thought carefully about the audience we’d like to reach. Below is a consolidation of our process.

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The Orange tells the story of Pip, an imaginative and curious child with a hearing impairment and their spritely hearing dog Wilbur.

Join us in Pip’s glorious garden. Pip is ready to get up and play whereas Wilbur is tired and wants to sleep all day. When Wilbur wakes up, their whole world is not the same; Pip has a new best friend and the world is now orange. Wilbur is suddenly left out and tries their very best to join in. But will Wilbur get it right?

A non verbal relaxed show with integrated British Sign Language, set to an original soundtrack, highlighting the importance of friendship and making everyone feel included. This show is suitable for a range of neurodiverse needs, for more information on this please refer to the access document through the final link below.

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Storyboard

This is Pip and Pip’s Hearing Dog Wilbur. Pip can’t hear very well, so Wilbur sometimes helps Pip out. Pip and Wilbur are playing ball together in the garden. Pip is giving Wilbur yummy dog treats too!

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Wilbur falls asleep. Oh no! Pip tries all kinds of funny ways to wake Wilbur up but Wilbur simply won’t budge!

Pip is going to have to play on their own. Pip sees if they can throw the ball in a box. They manage to get it in!

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Pip misses the box and throws the ball over the garden wall. Oh no! There are no balls left to play with.

Pip picks an orange to play with! Mmm it isn’t making a very good ball. It doesn’t bounce one bit.

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The orange doesn't make a good ball, but with some eyes and a mouth, it makes a good friend. And the friend will be called Tim!

Pip grabs a plant pot, a stick, a hula hoop and an old scarf and makes an obstacle course around the washing line for Tim to play on.

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Wilbur wakes up. Wilbur tries to play on the obstacle course, but Wilbur makes a mess. Pip gets angry.

Pip shows Wilbur how the obstacle course works. Wilbur still doesn’t understand and tries to lick Tim, so Pip stops Wilbur from playing.

Pip and Tim create a secret language. Wilbur doesn’t understand.

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Wilbur tries to make friends with an apple. But the apple is nothing like Tim.

Pip has made a fun rocket out of the bike for Tim, but there is no room for Wilbur.

Wilbur tries to turn themselves orange like Tim but it doesn’t work out.

Everything starts to turn orange. Everything apart from Wilbur.

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Pip takes Tim inside for bed. Wilbur is left outside.

The next morning, everything is still orange. Everything apart from Wilbur. Pip and Tim play without Wilbur again.

Pip leaves the garden to go eat breakfast. Tim is left alone on the swing.... Wilbur thinks he looks tasty...

Wilbur goes up to Tim.... Wilbur gives him a good sniff. He smells tasty too...

HUGM! In a flash, Wilbur gobbles him up! Oh no!

Pip comes back from breakfast. The garden looks different. Wilbur looks guilty and the orange looks eaten! What has Wilbur done to their friend Tim?

Wilbur feels bad and tries to make things better. Pip’s still upset.

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The doorbell goes and Wilbur answers the door. They return with a parcel which Wilbur gives to Pip - can we be friends again?

Inside the parcel is an orange ball, just like the one Wilbur likes to play with. Pip realises Wilbur feels left out. They both just want their friend back.

Pip is sorry for leaving Wilbur out and gives Wilbur a big hug. Wilbur forgives Pip. They are ready to play together again. Friends reunited at last!

The End.

Credits

THE ORANGE was created by:
Tessa Birchley
Elle Boyland
Grace Paremain
Maya Leonavicius
Ellen Maddox
Annie-Rose Leigh
Georgina Deane
Isobel Sutherland
Polly Wilson
Sarah Woodmansey

The show was devised by the company and then realised in smaller teams:

PLAYTEXT

Isobel Sutherland
Polly Wilson
Sarah Woodmansey

MUSIC COMPOSITION
Elle Boyland
Grace Paremain
Maya Leonavicius
Ellen Maddox

VOCAL PERFROMANCE
Elle Boyland

SET AND COSTUME DESIGN 

Tessa Birchley
Georgina Deane

ACCESS WORK
Tessa Birchley
Grace Paremain
Maya Leonavicius

PERFORMED BY
Elle Boyland
Grace Paremain
Polly Wilson

The process was Directed by Ruby Thompson and Sam Caseley with Design support by Ruta Irbite and Music support by Neil Carter.

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