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‘Terrrifc and topical…smart and very entertaining’ (The Observer) Pick of the Edinburgh Festival
‘Serious fun… Multi-talented performers …. an exciting, carnival atmosphere’ (Three Weeks)
‘Hugely enjoyable’ (The Guardian)
‘Fantastic feathery fun… a wonderful hour of musical mayhem’ (The List)

Total Theatre Awards Nomination 2008


"caused whoops of delight at the Saturday afternoon performance I saw. Helen Eastman directed a well-drilled, multi-skilled cast whose energy was infectious."

Oxford Times


"packed with satire, nods to popular culture and belly laughs. The jokes and songs come rapid-fire from a team of quite astounding all-round talents. There's much here for grown-ups to enjoy; music, slapstick and political commentary, However as the action moves first to a 'bird conference' in the sky and then to Cloudcuckooland there is more to keep the kids happy including audience participation, sing-a-longs and plenty of jokes about bird poo."

Daily Information

"there are lots of bright production ideas from the monocycle that takes everyone up to the clouds to the flat pack kit for building Cloudcuckooland – with the help of a lot of balloon blowing by the audience. There is a bright and sometimes clap-along score from Alex Silverman... Great fun"

British Theatre Guide




PAST PRODUCTION Cloudcuckooland
A new musical comedy for children
Words by Stephen Sharkey
Music by Alex Silverman
Inspired by Aristophanes’ The Birds

Directed by Helen Eastman; Musical Director Helen Cole; Design by Ellen Dowell; Lighting Design by Richard Godin; Associate Director Robin Norton Hale

Featuring: Helen Cole/Anneke Hodnett, Charles de Bromhead, Lee Drage, Fiona J. Keats, Georgina Phllip and Leon Scott.

We were proud to commission, develop and produce this new version of Aristophanes' Birds for a young audience. Cloudcuckooland is a riotous, slapstick show, featuring seven performers, playing over fifteen instruments between them.

The production opened in Oxford to excellent reviews and toured to 12 UK cities. It then ran at the Edinburgh Festival, being nominated for a Total Theatre Award, and following this success continued to tour nationally and internationally. The show has been seen by thousands of children and their families in over thirty theatres.

Alongside the production ran a programme of schools work, workshops, a competition for children and other outreach work.