The Tale of Mr Tumble
Starring Justin Fletcher
With Ronni Ancona
Manchester International Festival has invited Justin Fletcher, known to millions through the CBeebies show Something Special, to bring The Tale of Mr Tumble, a very special new show for children and their families, to the glorious and intimate surroundings of Manchester’s Opera House.
This funny, engaging and visually exciting show will give children the chance to see Mr Tumble live and up close as he and his family share some of their fondest memories.
Audiences will find out how he became the joyful entertainer familiar to so many, following his journey from bouncing baby Tumble (with his bright red nose already in place), through his singing and dancing school years, right up to the present day.
Mr Tumble will be joined by his friends and family, including Grandpa Tumble and introducing Tootsie. He will also be joined by Ronni Ancona as Miss Eerie. Featuring songs new and old and a choir of Makaton signing stars, there will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation in this high-energy event.
Written by Will Brenton, The Tale of Mr Tumble will be a real opportunity to step inside the colourful world of one of our most cherished TV characters.
Director Will Brenton
Designer Hayley Grindle
Composer/Music Director Barrie Bignold
Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick
Sound Designer Richard Sillitto
Movement Director Adrian Edmeades
The cast includes Samuel Buttery, Samantha Dorrance, Connor Elliott, Lizzie Franks, Tom Mackley, Nicholas McLean, Samuel Parker, Katie Sartini, Lauren Storer, Kai Savage and Ben Stock.
Running time: 90 mins plus 20 min interval
Download The Tale of Mr Tumble programme
Download The Tale of Mr Tumble School's Social Story
Commissioned by MIF Creative. Produced by Manchester International Festival.
Supported by Backstage Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the Reta Lila Howard Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, The Oglesby Charitable Trust and MIF Creative Circle.
In association with CBeebies.