Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf 2018

Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf 2018

Wed 17 January 2018

Spring 2018 | Family

"Perfectly formed... recaptures the art of sharing folktales by the fireside" The Stage (more?)

"A howling success, the true meaning of Christmas theatre" Liverpool Sound & Vision (more?)

"A witty and intelligent production that engages adult and child alike"
The Reviews Hub (more?)

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A small figure sets off, with red cloak and hood
to grandmas they go, the other side of the woods

Do not stop to smell the flowers, or sing to the birds
or climb a tall tree, remember these words…

Do not leave the path, for you’d make a tasty treat!
For the hungriest wolf of all, who is ready to eat!

Join us this Spring for a bold and highly theatrical re-telling of the well-known classic tale packed with music, dance and song.

The production explores the thrill of adventure and unknown versus the safety and familiarity of the path and how irresistible straying can be, as well as the tension between mankind and nature. Are the wolves really the villains in a world where the woodcutter is destroying the forest? And is Grandma the trophy hunter really sick?

Continuing Unity’s successful partnership with acclaimed children’s theatre company Action Transport Theatre, don’t miss this theatrical family feast!

Liz Javad

Our cast from Left to Right: Liz Javad, Simone Lewis, Harvey Robinson and Luca Rutherford


Unity Theatre and Action Transport Theatre Present Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf
Performed by Liz Javad, Simone Lewis, Harvey Robinson and Luca Rutherford
Directed by Nina Hajiyianni and Kevin Dyer
Devised by Natalia Campbell, Simone Lewis, Harvey Robinson and Luca Rutherford
Written by Kevin Dyer
Composer and Musical Director: Patrick Dineen
Set and costume designer: Sydonie Paterson
Lighting Design by Julie Kearney
Assistant set and costume designer: Frankie Gerrard


Liz Jadav (Mother / Woodcutter / Ensemble)

Theatre includes The Twits (Curve Theatre/Tour), Stoneface (Finborough), Cymbeline, Stepping Out (National Tours), The Ugly Duckling (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and Nottingham Playhouse), My Name Is Stephen Luckwell, The Elves and the Shoemakers, Under the Story Tree, Can You Whistle Johanna? (Nottingham Playhouse), The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Wind in the Willows (Illyria Theatre), Grimms (Trafalgar Studios), TASTE (The Theatre, Chipping Norton, and Theatre du Preau), My Dad’s Corner Shop (Derby Playhouse), Sanguine Nights, Awakening Durga (Kali Theatre) and Tamasha’s 25th Birthday.
Television includes Coronation StreetEmmerdale and Hollyoaks.
Liz is the voice of Manisha in the Zombies, Run! app, and  the audio drama The Way of All Flesh.

Simone Lewis (Grandma / Ensemble)

Simone is a Gaulier trained physical performer originally from Cape Town, South Africa. Since moving to England in 2004 she has worked and toured throughout the UK and across Europe with companies such as Tell Tale Hearts, Sheffield Theatres, Red Ladder, Face Up Theatre, Action Transport Theatre, and M6 Theatre, devising and performing in productions for all ages with a particular focus on non-verbal, physical storytelling such as clown, mask and puppetry. In 2013 she toured with Vamos Theatre in their full mask production of Finding Joy, which saw sold out shows at the London Mime Festival and most recently she toured with M6 Theatre in their production of Whatever the Weather, which won the 2016 Off West End Award for Theatre for Young People.

Harvey Robinson (Wolf / Ensemble)

Harvey was born and raised in the West Country and works as an actor musician and composer.

Harvey's theatre and TV credits include: Jerusalem (Royal Court, West End, Broadway), Bardolph's Box (Unity Theatre), We Are One (West End), What You Will (Shakespeare's Globe), The Curing Room (Pleasance Theatre), Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre), Lam (National Tour), Charlie's Aunt (National Tour), The Rivals (National Tour), Travels With My Aunt (National Tour), M.I.High (CBBC), Moving The World (Bikeshed Theatre) Northanger Abbey (Tour), Mum's The Word (Basement 21), Mardi Gras The Candyman Can (Basement 21).

Harvey's composing credits include:
Detectorists (BBC4), The Den (Faith Productions), Nets (Alma Theatre), The Twins Macabre (Pleasance Theatre, BBC3, BBC Radio 4), Cyberwrecks (Web Series), Messiah (New Theatre).

Luca Rutherford (Little Red / Ensemble)

Luca is a writer and performer based in Newcastle. She is Associate Artist of ARC Stockton, and is a Third Angel mentee of 2016. She believes in making art accessible and theatre that is non-exclusive in form and content.

Luca has nationally toured her solo show Learning How To Die, directed by Iain Bloomfield, with script advise from Chris Thorpe, co-commissioned by ARC and Ovalhouse, produced by ARC Stockton. She is currently working with Alex Swift and Seiriol Davies on a new children’s show You Over There [working title], with which she was shortlisted for Manchester Royal Exchange’s Hodgkiss Award.

As well as making her own work Luca collaborates with artists and companies and is excited by multi-disciplinary collaboration. She has worked as associate dramaturg on Adam Pownall’s Getting Better Slowly a show combining movement; new-writing and persona performance; with Unlimited Theatre as engagement practitioner for Am I Dead Yet? Luca has written for classical pianist Yoshie Kawamura, making On The Edge of Piano Poetry for Books on Tyne Festival at The Lit & Phil. She has worked with Chris Goode as writing mentor for research and development The Empathy Project; her collaboration with Matthew Monaghan.

Luca was selected to be part of Northern Stage’s curated theatre-maker’s professional development scheme, NORTH, in 2014; working with Artistic Director Lorne Campbell and Associate Director Mark Calvert. Camisado Club formed out of this program, of which Luca was a member from 2014 to late 2015. Since Luca has trained in Movement and Physical Performance in Italy with IUGTE


"Perfectly formed... recaptures the art of sharing folktales by the fireside" 
The Stage (more?)

"A truly magnificent and heroic performance... a howling success, the true meaning of Christmas theatre."
Liverpool Sound & Vision (more?)

"A witty and intelligent production that engages adult and child alike... under Nina Hajiyanni's skilful direction, it alludes to Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl with its ability to stimulate its young audience."
The Reviews Hub (more?)

"Kevin Dyer’s play is one for all ages, a cleverly crafted moral fable that is thought-provoking but also a lot of fun. Subtler and more imaginative than most... it deserves to be a big hit"
Merseysider Magazine (more?)

"The four strong cast are brilliant in their individual roles... strong in their storytelling and vocals. An atmospheric show which children cannot help but be drawn into."
Liverpool Arts Scene (more?)

"A delight, an imaginative theatrical journey"
Made Up Liverpool (more?)

"Children won't hold back in telling you whether a piece of theatre grabs their attention or not and Little Red (sic) passes the test with flying colours... great value family entertainment"
Good News Liverpool (more?)

"Clever and original.. a great family outing for all ages to enjoy"
North West End (more?)

"Little Red ticks all the boxes, whilst adding some unique layers which ensure that it stands out from the classic fairytale."
Writebase Theatre (more?)

show details

Dates: 17 Jan 2018
TImes: 4pm & 7pm (BSL signed)
Running time: TBC
Prices: £9.50 adults /  £8.50 kids
Family Ticket just £30
Venue: Unity One

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BSL Signed