Past Seasons

2018

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
King Arthur

This season of magic and myth saw Dorothy and her dog Toto adventure down the yellow brick road in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. As evening rolled in discover new adaptation of Sir Thomas Mallory's 1485 retelling of ‘King Arthur’, focusing on the love triangle between a king, a queen and a handsome young knight.

Adaptor: Phil Wilmott | Director: Phil Wilmott (King Arthur), Justin Murray (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) | Set Designer: Justin Williams | Costume Designer: Penn O’Gara | Lighting Designer: Ben Jacobs | Music and Sound: Theo Holloway | Projection Designer: Chris Lincé | Movement Director: Francesca Bridge-Cicic

2017

The Odyssey
2017 was an action-packed 3 hour, 3 part adaptation of the first epic ever told - The Odyssey. Monstrous battles on and off the high seas, this Classic poem brought something for families and something for adults.  

Adaptor: Phil Willmott | Director: Phil Willmott | Set Designer: Phillip Eddolls | Costume Designer: Penn O’Gara | Lighting Designer: Phil Supple | Music and Sound: Theo Holloway | Puppetry Designer: Johnny Dixon

2016

The Wawel Dragon
Crime and Punishment: A Rock Musical

2016 brought The Scoop's first rock musical based on the famous Russian novel. With music from singer Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow the story is all about student angst, anger and idealism. Staying in Eastern Europe, The Wawel Dragon from Poland excited families with the story of Queen Wanda on her search for a future husband.

Adaptor: Phil Willmott (The Wawel Dragon, Crime and Punishment: A Rock Musical) with Nastazja Domaradzka (The Wawel Dragon) | Composer: Toyah Willcox (Crime and Punishment: The Rock Musical) | Director: Phil Willmott (The Wawel Dragon, Crime and Punishment: A Rock Musical) | Set Designer: Phillip Eddolls | Costume Designer: Penn O’Gara | Lighting Designer: Phil Supples | Sound Designer: Theo Holloway | Puppetry Designer: Johnny Dixon | Movement Director: Francesca Bridge-Cicic

2015

Battle Games
This season of men, women and war featured drama adapted from the Roman comedies of Plautus and Euripides' Ancient Greek Trojan War Trilogy. Before dark was a story of heroes, chaos and confusion, with courage, sacrifice, triumph and tragedy taking stage as twilight fell.

Director: Phil Willmott | Composer: Theo Holloway | Set Designer: Sarah June Mills | Costume Designer: Sarah June Mills | Lighting Designer: Phil Supple | Sound Designer: Theo Holloway | Movement Director: Francesca Bridge-Cicic

2014

The Ring Cycle Plays
Richard Wagner's celebrated adaptation of Viking myths, presented on this occasion without the operatic scores, remains one of the most powerful and influential tales of sword and sorcery ever written, directly inspiring The Lord of the Rings and many other fantasy and sci-fi classics.

Adaptor: Lisa Kuma | Director: Phil Willmott | Composer: Theo Holloway | Set Designer: Sara Perks | Costume Designer: Sara Perks | Lighting Designer: Jason Meininger | Sound Designer: Theo Holloway | Puppetry Designer: Charlie Hoare | Movement Director: Racky Plews

2013

The Thebans
Two fully staged productions inspired by the ancient Greek city of Thebes. For younger audiences, The Prince of Thebes proved an irresistible blend of comedy, adventure, music and puppetry, with a new translation of the chronicles of the downfall of the Theban Royal Family in Oedipus and Antigone, presented after dark.

Adaptor: Lisa Kuma (Oedipus, Antigone), Phil Willmott (Prince of Thebes) | Director: Phil Willmott | Composer: Theo Holloway | Set Designer: Philip Lindley | Costume Designer: Philip Lindley | Lighting Designer: Miguel Figueiredo  | Sound Designer: Theo Holloway | Movement Director: Racky Plews

2012

The Oresteia
A new three part epic drama adapted from Aesychlus, charting Ancient Greece’s journey from chaos and war to peace, justice and the harmony that inspired the Olympic ideal. Featuring The Trojan Horse for early evening family audiences, and the gruesome and dramatic Agamemnon as twilight falls.

Director: Phil Willmott | Composer: Theo Holloway, Alistair Craft | Set Designer: Charlie Cridlan | Costume Designer: Charlie Cridlan | Lighting Designer: Miguel Figueiredo  | Sound Designer: Theo Holloway | Movement Director: Javier De Frutos

2011

The Mother
Around The World in 80 Days
A whistle-stop tour of the four continents with dashing Victorian adventurer Phileas Fogg and his hapless servant Passepartout. A wayward balloon, a beautiful princess, a grumpy elephant, a dastardly villain, sacred cows, a wild west outlaw, a Chinese dragon and countless timetable calamities all conspired to help or hinder our heroes.

Adaptor: Phil Willmott (Around the World in 80 Days), Mark Ravenhill (The Mother), Marc Funda (The Mother) | Director: Phil Willmott | Composer: Theo Holloway (The Mother), Richard Norris (The Mother), Annemarie Lewis Thomas (Around the World is 80 Days)

2010

Don Juan in Love
Toad Hall!

Adapted from Don Juan Tenorio by José Zorilla and the work of Molière and Byron, this season's production followed the journey of the great swordsman and lover in a feast of raucous comedy and swashbuckling adventure.

Adaptor: Phil Willmott | Director: Phil Willmott | Composer: Theo Holloway (The Mother), Richard Norris (The Mother), Annemarie Lewis Thomas (Around the World is 80 Days) | Set Designer: Charlie Cridlan | Costume Designer: Charlie Cridlan | Lighting Designer: Hansjörg Schmidt

2009

The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts
Medea

Toe-tapping songs and knockabout comedy as this season's family production told the tale of the quest for the Golden Fleece. Later on, we presented a modern take on Euripides' timeless Medea, wreaking revenge on her unfaithful husband.

Adaptor: Stella Duffy (Medea), Phil Willmott (The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts) | Director: Phil Willmott

2008

In Petit Rouge - A Cajun Red Riding Hood
Blood Wedding

This season saw a new family musical based on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood,adapted by Joan Cushing from Mike Artell and Jim Harris’ best-selling children’s book, followed by Lorca's powerful classic, Blood Wedding, translated by Ted Hughes.

Director: Phil Willmott | Composer: Joe Fredericks (Blood Wedding) | Puppetry Design: Toby Olie (In Petit Rouge)

2007

The Jungle Book
Opening the season with a new adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning familial drama, this season also included comedy, song, dance and puppetry, in the form of a brand new production of Disney's The Jungle Book Kids.

Director: Phil Willmott | Musical Director: Joe Fredericks | Set Designer: Nigel Hook | Costume Designer: Annalise Harvey | Lighting Designer & Production Manager: Hansjörg Schmidt | Sound Designer: Charlie S Brown

2006

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
In this epic theatre production, this play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than its wealthy natural parents.
Cyclops!
This is a  comical play on the story of Odysseus' capture by, and escape from, the one-eyed giant Cyclops, Polyphemus, as described in Homer's “Odyssey”.

Director: Phil Willmott | Production Manager & Lighting Design: Hansjörg Schmidt | Set Design: Cleo Pettitt | Costume Design (The Caucasian Chalk Circle): Peter Mulloy | Costume Design (Cyclops!): Annalise Harvey | Puppet Design and Direction : Yvonne Stone | Musical Director: Joe Fredericks | Sound Design: Steve Rafter | Resident Director: Eylon Bar-El

2005

Children of Hercules
This production plunges you straight into the bloody heart of a play that begins in the wake of Hercules' death. Pursued by Hercules' enemy Eurystheus, the hero's widow and children wander from place to place where all their pleas for asylum are rejected until they arrive at the city of Marathon. Here, King Demophon offers them shelter - with devastating consequences.
Treasure Island
This exciting play tells of Jim Hawkin’s boyhood adventure on a quest for buried treasure.

Director: Phil Willmott | Costume Designer (Children of Hercules): Miranda King | Costume Designer (Treasure Island): Peter Mulloy | Sound Design: Steve Rafter | Producer: Suzanna Rosenthal | Set and Lighting Designer: Hansjorg Schmidt | Puppet Design and Direction: Yvonne Stone

2004

Agamemnon
When Helen, the wife of Menelaus, was taken to Troy by Paris, Agamemnon commanded the united Greek armed forces in the ensuing Trojan War. Upon Agamemnon's return from Troy, he was murdered by Aegisthus, the lover of his wife, Clytemnestra.
Androcles & The Lion
After seeing a lion in pain, he removes a huge thorn from the beast's paw, creating a friend for life. Androcles and a number of other Christians are eventually arrested and condemned to death in the arena. They are to die by being eaten by lions.

Directed: Phil Willmott with Anthony Houghton | Set design: Alex Marker | Costume Design: Jennifer Perkins | Lighting Design: Hansjorg Schmidt | Puppet Design & Direction Yvonne Stone | Musical Arrangements, Composition and Direction: Joe Fredericks

2003

Oedipus
In this play Creon returns to report that the plague is the result of religious pollution, since the murderer of their former king, Laius, had never been caught. Oedipus vows to find the murderer and curses him for causing the plague.

Director: Phil Willmott | Assistant Director: Simon Wright | Lighting Designer: Hansjorg Schmidt | Designer: Alex Marker | Stage Management: Rebecca Maltby & Rebecca Potts | Press & Marketing: Helen Snell | Photography: Sheila Burnett