946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

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946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice
Directed by Emma Rice
In association with Kneehigh and Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Main Season · Roda Theatre
December 2, 2016–January 15, 2017
American premiere

Running time: 2 hours, plus one 15-minute intermission

Kneehigh is back! The theatrical alchemists who brought us Tristan & Yseult and The Wild Bride return with a tender new coming-of-age tale that uncovers the secrets behind World War II’s D-Day landings. In the idyllic seaside village of Slapton, the lives of Lily, her family, and her fiercely independent cat Tips are barely touched by war…until American soldiers occupy their house and land. With swingin’ live music, enchanting puppetry, and signature stage sorcery, Emma Rice conjures a story of love, war, and prejudice that crosses borders both geographical and generational.

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips includes haze, fog, strobe, gunshot, and bomb explosion effects. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.


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Michael Morpurgo · Adaptor

Michael is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 130 books with world sales of over 34 million copies, including Kensuke’s Kingdom, which won the Children’s Book Award 2000 and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal in 2000. His novel, Private Peaceful, a harrowing story about the First World War, was published in autumn 2003. It won the 2004 Red House Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award in 2005. His novel Shadow, about a boy from Afghanistan and the dog he befriends, won the Red House Children’s Book Award 2011, voted for by children. Pinocchio by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Emma Chichester-Clark, was published in September 2013. His newest novel, An Eagle in the Snow, was published in autumn 2015. Many of Michael’s books have been adapted for the stage. These include Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, and most notably, the National Theatre’s production of War Horse. This production of Michael’s moving and powerful story of survival on the Western Front reached number one in the Observer’s top 10 theatre performances and was also awarded the best design prize in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. This production moved to New York where it has been awarded five Tony Awards. The film of War Horse by Steven Spielberg was released in January 2012. In 1976, Michael and his wife, Clare, started the charity Farms for City Children. They help to run three farms around the country, in Gloucestershire, Pembrokeshire, and North Devon. Each farm offers children and teachers from urban primary schools the chance to live and work in the countryside for a week, and gain hands-on experience.

Emma Rice · Director / Adaptor / Choreographer

Emma is artistic director for Shakespeare’s Globe and directed the recent productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. For the last 20 years she has worked for Kneehigh as an actor, director, and artistic director. Her productions for Kneehigh include 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, The Red Shoes, The Wooden Frock, The Bacchae, Tristan & Yseult, Cymbeline (in association with Royal Shakespeare Company), A Matter of Life and Death (in association with National Theatre), Rapunzel (in association with Battersea Arts Centre), Brief Encounter (in association with David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers Production), Don John (in association with the RSC and Bristol Old Vic), Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Wild Bride, Wah! Wah! Girls (in association with Sadler’s Wells and Theatre Royal Stratford East for World Stages), and Steptoe and Son. Other work includes the West End production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Oedipussy (Spymonkey), The Empress (RSC), and An Audience with Meow Meow (Berkeley Repertory Theatre).

Stu Barker · Composer

Stu has worked extensively as composer/musical director with Kneehigh over the last 20 years. Work as composer or musical director includes A Matter of Life and Death and Tristan & Yseult (National Theatre); Brief Encounter (Broadway/West End); Cymbeline and Don John (Royal Shakespeare Company); 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Kneehigh); Hansel and Gretel (Bristol Old Vic); The Bacchae and The Wooden Frock (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Nights at the Circus and The Red Shoes (Lyric Hammersmith); The Wild Bride, Rapunzel, and Midnight’s Pumpkin (Battersea Arts Centre); and Pandora’s Box (Northern Stage). Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, and Romeo and Juliet. Stu has also worked with Bristol Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Welfare State International, Contact Theatre, Horse and Bamboo, Liverpool Lantern Company, And Now, and Travelling Light. Television includes The Cult of the Suicide Bomber and Beyond Grief. He is also trombonist with C.W. Stoneking & His Primitive Horn Orchestra.

Etta Murfitt · Choreographer

Etta is an associate artist of Kneehigh and has choreographed The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Wild Bride, Steptoe and Son, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). Etta has recently become an associate of Shakespeare’s Globe and choreographed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk from Emma Rice’s opening season. She is also the associate artistic director of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Re:Bourne (its education arm). She has created, performed in, and collaborated on many productions with New Adventures including Nutcracker!, Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands, and Sleeping Beauty and is very excited to start work on New Adventures’ latest show The Red Shoes.

Lez Brotherston · Set & Costume Design

Lez trained at the Central School of Art and Design and is an associate artist of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. Credits for New Adventures include Swan Lake, Cinderella, The Car Man, Sleeping Beauty, Dorian Gray, and Play Without Words. He has designed for the National Theatre, Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Court, Glyndebourne, Northern Ballet, and various other theatres in the West End. Previous collaborations with Emma Rice are The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Empress for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Malcolm Rippeth · Lighting Design

Malcolm’s theatre and opera credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Tristan & Yseult, The Wild Bride, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Wah! Wah! Girls, and The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh); Brief Encounter (Kneehigh/West End/Broadway); Decade and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong); The Dead (Abbey Theatre Dublin); The Empress (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Chichester Festival Theatre); Calendar Girls (West End/Australia/Canada); Only the Brave (Wales Millennium Centre); A View from the Bridge (Gate Theatre Dublin); The Herbal Bed (English Touring Theatre); The Birthday Party (Manchester Royal Exchange); His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep); Spur of the Moment (Royal Court); The Promise (Donmar Trafalgar); Stones in His Pockets (Tricycle Theatre); Pleasure and The Coronation of Poppea (Opera North); Giovanna d’Arco (Buxton Festival); In Parenthesis (Welsh National Opera); Idomeneo (Garsington Opera); and Capriccio (Santa Fe Opera). Malcolm won a WhatsOnStage Award and a Village Voice Obie Award for his work on Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter. He is an associate artist of Kneehigh Theatre.

Simon Baker · Sound Design

Simon trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and is now a fellow. His work for Kneehigh includes 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and Steptoe and Son (UK tour), Rebecca (UK tour), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (West End), Brief Encounter (West End/Broadway; 2011 Tony and Olivier nominations for Best Sound), Don John (in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company/international tour), The Red Shoes (international tour), and The Wild Bride (Kneehigh/international tour/BBC Radio Production and Cast Recording). Simon is also an associate artist of the Old Vic Theatre and his work includes The Caretaker, The Master Builder, Future Conditional, High Society, and Electra. Other theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Matilda the Musical (West End/Broadway/U.S. tour/Australian tour—2012 Olivier Award for Best Sound), Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible/UK tour), An Audience with Meow Meow (Berkeley Rep), Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward Theatre), The Roaring Girl (RSC), Mojo 27 (Howard Pinter Theatre), The Light Princess and The Amen Corner (National Theatre), and Josephine and I (Bush Theatre).

Sarah Wright · Puppet Director

Sarah is artistic director of Curious School of Puppetry and an associate artist of Kneehigh and of Little Angel Theatre. Puppet direction and consultation includes Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe); Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Brief Encounter, The Red Shoes, Hansel and Gretel, and The Wild Bride (Kneehigh); A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and Angelo (Little Angel Theatre); The Empress and The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company); The Double (Bath Theatre Royal); Silent Tide and The Adventures of Curious Ganz (Silent Tide); and Sleeping Beauty (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures). Work as a performing puppeteer includes Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) (Kneehigh); Venus and Adonis (RSC); A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and Jabberwocky (Little Angel Theatre); FishClayPerspex, Plucked, and Hollow Men (FaultyOptic); Animo and Satyagraha research (Improbable/English National Opera); and The Queen of Spades (Welsh National Opera).

Simon Harvey · Associate Director

Simon is a director and performer based in Truro, Cornwall. He is an associate director and artist of Kneehigh. His work includes Steptoe and Son, The Wild Bride, The Red Shoes, Hansel and Gretel, Brief Encounter, and Cymbeline. In 2014 Simon directed the large-scale production Noyes Fludde (Kneehigh in collaboration with Orchestival), featuring a cast of over 500 people. Simon recently adapted and directed FUP based on the novella of the same name by Jim Dodge, which played as part of the 2016 Kneehigh Asylum season. He is the artistic director of o-region for whom he directed Laughing Gas by Nick Darke with Carl Grose, One Darke Night and The Dead Monkey by Nick Darke, and Stay Brave Brian Gravy by Carl Grose. He also produced and performed in Superstition Mountain by Carl Grose. His work in film includes producing the feature films The Midnight Drives (Mark Jenkin) and Weekend Retreat (2011, Brett Harvey). Film directing includes Brown Willy. Other directing credits include If the Shoe Fits (cscape), Orpheus (Theatre Damfino), Oh Mary (Bec Applebee), Christmas Time (Near Ta Theatre), Above Bored (Owdyado Theatre), Alaska (Blackfish Theatre), Great Expectations and Dracula (Rabbit Theatre), The Musicians (HFC Youth Theatre), and Trevithick! for Kernow King/Palores Productions.

Alex Shenton-Parkin · Associate Lighting Designer

Alex came into technical theatre from work experience at the Sunderland Empire, after several years working as a casual technician on some of the country’s touring shows. Training at East 15, Alex went on to be production electrician on several large music, theatre, and dance tours. Design credits include Lilliput—Album Launch 2015 at the Sage Gateshead and Terry Riley’s In C performed by the Paraorchestra. Relight credits include Dora the Explorer UK and international tours 2014–15 and Dead Dog in a Suitcase UK and international tour 2015–16. Other credits include Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Asylum 2016), Chenier (Opera North), Hare & The Tortoise (BBC), 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Asylum 2015), To Kill a Mockingbird 2015 UK tour, Snow White & 7 Dwarves (UK Productions), One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre Productions), Brief Encounter, Brainiac Live, Peter Pan, 42nd Street UK tour 2012, and The Jedward UK tour 2012. Alex would like to thank his family, friends, and everyone at the Sunderland Empire.

Jay Jones · Associate Sound Designer

Jay trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As number one sound operator, his most recent credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), High Society (Old Vic), Shakespeare in Love (Noël Coward Theatre), Brief Encounter (Kneehigh/U.S. and Australian tours), Tristan & Yseult (Kneehigh/UK tour), and The Wild Bride (Kneehigh/Berkeley Rep and St. Anne’s Warehouse). Other theatre credits include Wah! Wah! Girls (Theatre Royal Stratford East and Hall for Cornwall), Aladdin (Theatre at the O2), Goodnight Mr Tom (Phoenix Theatre), Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre), Leisure Society (Trafalgar Studios), and Crazy for You (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park). Sound design work includes Long Story Short and Ushers the Musical (Charing Cross Theatre), Broken News (New Wimbledon Studio), A Festival Guide (Dalston Roof Garden), and Lysistrata (Albany Theatre).

Aled William Thomas · Production Manager

After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Aled started out touring with regional and national Welsh language theatre companies. He has worked on award-winning operas with Music Theatre Wales before moving east across the border. He undertook a season with English Touring Opera and joined the Lovesong team for Frantic Assembly before being introduced to the wonderful theatremakers Kneehigh for Steptoe & Son, Tristan & Yseult, and both UK and U.S. tours and Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). Recently Aled became the production manager for Kneehigh’s Asylum and continues onto 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.

Charlie Simpson · Sound Number One

Before 946, Charlie was deputy sound supervisor at Shakespeare’s Globe for the 2016 Wonder Season and previous to this worked for Kneehigh as head of sound for Rebecca (UK tour). Number one sound operator credits include King Charles III (Wyndham’s Theatre); Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); Brass (City Varieties Music Hall/Hackney Empire); Spend Spend Spend (Bridewell Theatre); Kiss Me, Kate (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); The Night Before Christmas (Soho Theatre); and six years of productions for the National Youth Music Theatre of Great Britain as both sound operator and sound designer. Other sound credits include Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre), 13 (Apollo Theatre), High Society (Old Vic), Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera), The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face (Shunt), iTunes Festival 2012 (Roundhouse), Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory), and Footloose (UK tour).

Kate Foster · Company Stage Manager

Kate studied theatre and media in Liverpool, England, where she got her first role backstage in theatre. She has worked extensively throughout the UK on productions such as Royal De Luxe on their Giant Spectacular puppet show and with companies such as English Touring Theatre and the Everyman Playhouse theatres in Liverpool. Her previous work for Kneehigh includes the UK and international tour of Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) as well as rehearsal assistant stage manager and prop maker for Emma Rice’s recent production, Flying Lovers of Vitesbk.

Megan McClintock* · Stage Manager

Megan is always happy to come home to Berkeley Rep after starting her stage management career as a Berkeley Rep fellow. In the years since she has stage managed at American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, Center Repertory Company, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre Company, and the San Francisco Opera. Favorite Berkeley Rep credits include Treasure Island, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Girlfriend, The Arabian Nights, The White Snake, No Man’s Land, Dear Elizabeth, Tristan & Yseult, The Wild Bride, Eurydice, and How To Write a New Book for the Bible. Megan has a BA in theatre and history from Willamette University.

Kneehigh · Co-Producer

Kneehigh are a Cornwall-based theatre company with a local, national, and international profile. For over 30 years they have created vigorous, popular and challenging theatre, performing with joyful anarchy. Kneehigh tell stories. Based in breathtaking barns on the south coast, they create theatre of humanity on an epic and tiny scale. Kneehigh work with an ever-changing ensemble of performers, artists, and musicians, and are passionate about their multi-disciplined creative process. In 2010, Kneehigh launched the Asylum, a beautiful and flexible nomadic structure, which means they now have a venue to call home, as well as remaining one of the leading touring theatre companies in the UK. Kneehigh have now presented six seasons in the Asylum in Cornwall, and will continue to reinvent the space and explore new locations in future years. Alongside their national and international touring and Asylum seasons, they run the Kneehigh Rambles, aiming to engage creatively with communities in Cornwall and beyond through event and adventure.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre · Co-Producer

Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company is one of Britain’s leading producing theatre companies. Founded in 1913 by Sir Barry Jackson, Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company rapidly became one of the most famous and exciting theatre companies in the country launching the careers of an array of many great British actors including Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Edith Evans, Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi, Elizabeth Spriggs, Albert Finney, and many more. In 2013 the company celebrated its centenary. The Rep’s aim is to inspire a lifelong love of theatre in the diverse communities of Birmingham and beyond. As well as presenting over 60 productions on its three stages every year, the theatre tours its productions nationally and internationally, showcasing theatre made in Birmingham. The commissioning and production of new work lies at the core of the Rep’s programme and over the last 15 years the company has produced more than 130 new plays. Birmingham-rep.org.uk.

Additional credits

Pat Moran · Music Director
Paul Crewes · Original Producer
Sam Jones CDG · Casting
Matilda James · Casting
Ed Parry · Original Costume Supervisor
Clare Ramsell · Original Costume Maker
Angelina Peroni · Original Costume Maker
Liz Vass · Original Prop Buyer
Lyndie Wright · Original Puppet Maker
Sarah Wright · Original Puppet Maker

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Nandi Bhebhe · Tips the Cat / Harry

Nandi trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Previous theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court); Episodes of Blackness (Vocab Dance Company); Fela! (National Theatre/Broadway/U.S. tour); A Season in the Congo (Young Vic Theatre); White Out (Barrowland Ballet Dance Company), and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Kneehigh).

Nandi Bhebhe

Seamas Carey · Musician

Seamas is a performer, composer, and silent film pianist who grew up in Cornwall. Theatre work includes Hetty Feather (Kenny Wax, Novel Theatre & William Archer); Neptunalia (cscape dance); Wolf’s Child, Yule-Tide Ark-Ive, and 100: The Day Our World Changed (Wild Works); Two Punks and a Tandem, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Ballad of a Thin Man, and The Tallest Horse on Earth (Silly Boys); The Ugly Sisters (Bec Applebee); The Giants (Wassail Theatre); Dracula and Great Expectations (Rabbit Theatre); The Winter’s Tale, Moominland Midwinter, and Heidi: A Goat’s Tale (the Egg, Theatre Royal Bath); The Little Match Girl (Dot & Ethel Theatre); Winter Dance Symposium (Falmouth University); The Tempest (Miracle Theatre); Griselda’s Grandad (Shanty Theatre); and The Last Illusion and The Strongman and The Lion Tamer (Bash Street Theatre). He has also facilitated workshops with Travelling Light Theatre and guest lectured on silent film music at Falmouth University. Silent film compositions include One Week, The High Sign, Steamboat Bill Jr, and Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton); The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene); The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lottie Reiniger); Shoulder Arms, A Dog’s Life, and Easy Street (Charlie Chaplin); Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock); and Sunrise (F.W. Murnau).

Seamas Carey

Emma Darlow · Madame Bounine

Emma trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include Pinocchio (Iris Theatre), Playing for Time (Sheffield Crucible Theatre), Grimeborn: Napoleon Blown Apart (Arcola Theatre), Here is Where We Meet (Marlowe Theatre Studio), The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (Bouffes du Nord), and Stitched Up and As You Like It (Broken Holmes Productions). Film includes Planted Evidence, After a Home Tie, and Taking the Light.

Emma Darlow

Ncuti Gatwa · Adi

Ncuti trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Previous theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Victoria, Hecuba, The BFG, And Then There Were None, Cars + Boys, and A Woman in Mind (Dundee Rep); Romeo and Juliet (Home, Manchester); Shakespeare in Love (West End); 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Kneehigh); and Lines (Yard Theatre). Television includes Bob Servant and Stonemouth.

Ncuti Gatwa

Kyla Goodey · Lily’s Mum

Kyla trained at Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre and Clowning. Theatre credits include A Curious Evening of Trance and Rap (Brighton Festival/UK tour); Charity Shop Cabaret (Trifle Gathering, Edinburgh Fringe); Don Quixote and Tregeagle (Kneehigh, UK/European tour); Gastronomic (Hoodwink, UK/European tour); Hamlet (Cube, UK tour); Hamlet, Quasimodo, and Twelfth Night (Miracle, Minack Theatre); Streaming (Pipeline, the Pleasance); Sex and Docks and Rock and Roll (Red Ladder, City Variety Leeds); The Thing about Psychopaths (Red Ladder, the Park); and Wolf’s Child (Wild Works, Norfolk, and Norwich Festival). Film includes A to B, Worag, Wind, and Spat de Wertha. Television includes Doc Martin.

Kyla Goodey

Chris Jared · Grandad Present / Vicar / Lily’s Dad

Chris trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include Hamlet, As You Like It, All’s Well that Ends Well, and The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company); Coriolan/us and Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre Wales); The Duchess of Malfi (Nottingham Playhouse); The Late Henry Moss (Southwark Playhouse); Cyrano de Bergerac (Royal and Derngate, Northern Stage); The Revenger’s Tragedy (Hoxton Hall); Three Sisters (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Much Ado About Nothing (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park); and Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre). Film includes Robin Hood, The Drop, and Clown Café.

Chris Jared

Pat Moran · Music Director / Musician

Pat trained at California Institute of the Arts. He recently appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe as musical director/musician. Pat was part of the original company of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Other recent projects include Tristan & Yseult (Kneehigh/U.S. tour), Sleeping Beauty (Bristol Old Vic), and An Audience with Meow Meow (Berkeley Rep). Pat has written original music and lyrics for over a dozen professionally produced theatre productions and served as resident composer/lyricist/musical director/multi-instrumentalist for the San Francisco Mime Troupe from 2007–13.

Pat Moran

Katy Owen · Lily Tregenza

Katy trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Previous theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Rebecca and 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Kneehigh), The World of Work (Difficult Stage), Apparitions of Spirits with the Forsythe Sisters (Gaggle Babble), Maudie’s Rooms and Plum and Cinders (Sherman Cymru), and Under Milk Wood (Royal and Derngate, Northampton). Film and television includes Daddy’s Girl, Shopping for Happiness, What We Did on Our Holidays, A Certain Date, and The Devil’s Violin.

Katy Owen

Mike Shepherd · Grandma Present / Grandad Past

Mike is an actor, director, teacher, and the artistic director of Kneehigh. He started Kneehigh in 1980 and has worked almost exclusively for the company ever since. Mike is a pioneer of Kneehigh’s transportable venue the Asylum and actively involved in the Kneehigh Rambles. Rambles are currently themed Run for your Life and as well as working with community groups and individuals in Cornwall, have been working with refugees in the Calais Jungle and the homeless in Bogota, Colombia. Work as director includes Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) (Kneehigh, UK, and international tour), and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Little Angel Theatre, Islington). Work as actor includes Tristan & Yseult, Steptoe and Son, Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Red Shoes, The Bacchae, Cymbeline, The Wooden Frock, A Matter of Life and Death, and Don John (Kneehigh). Film includes Anna Karenina and Pan. Mike is a member of the Globe’s Creative Cabinet and looks forward to Kneehigh’s ongoing association with this exciting powerhouse of a theatre.

Mike Shepherd

Adam Sopp · Boowie / Barry

Adam trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead/West End), Symphony (Waterloo Vaults), The El Train (Hoxton Hall), Backbeat (West End/world tour), This Place Means (Greenwich & Docklands International Festival), Naked Soldiers (Warehouse Theatre), The Daughter-in-Law (New Vic), A Chorus of Disapproval (Ipswich Wolsey/UK tour), All Quiet on the Western Front (Nottingham Playhouse/UK tour), (In Parenthesis) (Churchill Theatre, Bromley), and Les Misérables and Oliver! (West End). Television and film includes Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, Father Brown, WPC 56, Holby City, Doctors, Casualty 1907, Teenage Kicks, Abroad, and Grange Hill. Alongside acting, Adam is an accomplished musician and has written music for theatre and computer games.

Adam Sopp

Akpore Uzoh · Blues Man / Old Adi

Akpore trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and previous theatre credits include A Day in the Life (STET the English Theatre); Go Make You Ready (China tour); The Lights (the Spring); Cherry Pickin’ Your Blossom (Albany Theatre); Rebellion (Hackney Empire); Blacks (Stratford Theatre), and Torn (Arcola Theatre). As director: What’s Beneath the Hoodie (Stratford Circus Theatre). Film: as a writer/director A Day in the Life.

Akpore Uzoh

Ewan Wardrop · Lord Something-or-Other / Mrs Turner

Previous theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Rebecca (Kneehigh/UK tour); The Wind in the Willows (Duchess Theatre/Vaudeville Theatre); The World’s Greatest Show (Royal Opera House/UK tour); Pinocchio (Royal Opera House); Formby (UK tour); West Side Story (Sage Gateshead); The Crane Maiden (Kanagawa Arts Theatre); Barbershopera: Apocalypse Noel! (Theatre Royal Plymouth); The Deep Blue Sea and Rattigan’s Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre); Enron (Royal Court/Noël Coward Theatre/UK tour); Rebel Harbour (Shanty Theatre); Up from the Waste (Soho Theatre); Johnno (Derby Playhouse); Promises, Promises (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); The Noise of Time (Complicite/world tour); Play Without Words (National Theatre/U.S. tour); Nutcracker! (Sadler’s Wells); The Car Man (the Old Vic); Cinderella (Piccadilly Theatre); and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway). Ewan runs the comedy morris dance group, the Bo Diddlers.

Ewan Wardrop

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An effervescent holiday treat…The details continually delight…The endlessly inventive ensemble kicks up its heels spinning a forgotten but true story of the D-Day landings with its signature high-spirited mix of puppetry, dance and beguiling low-tech ingenuity…Certainly the song and dance numbers, anchored by the Blues Man (the electric Akpore Uzoh) are a hoot…The last moments, a breezy lesson in how to jump and jive, are guaranteed to make you smile, and there’s something quite joyous about that.”

Mercury News / Bay Area News Group

If you’re looking to induce an ‘aww’ from your theater audiences, it’d be hard to engineer a surer premise than that of Berkeley Rep’s latest…What distinguishes the company is its lavish, inventive theatricality, the way it tells stories, summons deep feeling, using tools that are simple yet vibrant, striking and, most important, so much more than just text: an artfully inserted song, a puppet that pops in, seemingly by magic.”

San Francisco Chronicle

It makes for a winningly rumbustious family show, spilling over with song and dance and inventive cheek, that movingly affirms life in the face of the tragedy at its heart.”

The Independent (UK)

[Emma] Rice is one of those directors whose vision and energy and good taste in actors, designers and music makes you want to experience everything she does…Why is there a band and a blues singer (Akpore Uzoh) presiding over this war story full of puppets (sheep! chickens! a boy playing with a soccer ball!), adults playing children and small-town life mashed up with large-scale tragedy? Because this is a Kneehigh show, and a band adds bounce and humor and fire and, on occasion, a tender moment…[Emma] Rice directs with her customary brilliance and attention to detail, and her ensemble is as endearing as it is energetic…There’s still an awful lot of good stuff here. War may be hell, but as seen through the Kneehigh prism, it’s full of sweet fun, fun for all ages.”

Theater Dogs

On the face of it 946 is a family show, however there really is something for everyone…There are many important lessons for adults and children alike, wrapped up in instantly hummable tunes and supreme entertainment.”

Broadway World

A wonderfully life-affirming piece of theatre…touchingly and gloriously imaginative.”

The Times (London)

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Meet us in the Theatre an hour before the show on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an engrossing presentation about your subscription-season play. Hear about the playwright’s perspective, dive into the historical context, and discover why the script is relevant right now. Each 30-minute talk includes plenty of time for your questions.

Post-show docent-led discussions

Join your fellow audience members after all matinees and share your thoughts on the show.

Interested in becoming a docent? Click here for details. For more information about Berkeley Rep’s docent program, please email docent@berkeleyrep.org.

Teen Night

Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.

  • Friday, December 2, 2016

Teen Night begins at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Tickets are $10. Learn more. To reserve your space, call Teen Council at 510 647–2984 or email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org.

Meet a Rosie

Several docents of the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park will share their testimonies with Berkeley Rep patrons. These women, referred to as Rosies, worked in the Kaiser Shipyard during WWII and built warships for the allied forces. They will be introduced by Literary Manager, Sarah Rose Leonard, who will field questions from the audience after the Rosies give a presentation which describes their life and involvement with the wartime efforts. Don’t miss your chance to meet these brave and historic women!

  • Saturday, December 10, 2016
    Following the 2pm performance
    FREE and open to all Dec 10 matinee ticketholders only

Our thanks to the Rosie the Riveter Trust.

Post-show discussions

Stick around after select performances for lively Q&A sessions with our artists on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.

  • Thursday, December 22, 2016
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2016
  • Friday, January 6, 2017