Adapted by Olivier Award winning playwright Mike Kenny and directed by Olivier Award nominated Luke Sheppard (Matilda RSC, In The Heights), London Contemporary Theatre brings their innovative STIG OF THE DUMP to the West End following a successful UK tour.
Aimed at children over four, this is a fast-paced interactive show full of exciting storytelling, fun songs, innovative movement and puppetry and many chances to join in.
Stig is a caveman with shaggy black hair and bright black eyes who lives in a disused chalk pit full of people’s dumped rubbish. Barney discovers Stig when he falls over the edge of an old chalk pit and tumbles through the roof of his hidden den. Barney and Stig become best of friends and embark on exciting adventures together, causing a little mischief along the way. The trouble is that no one believes that Barney’s new friend is real. Nearly fifty years since Stig and Barney’s adventures first saw the light of day, this timeless children’s classic remains as charming and entertaining as ever.
Joining the cast for the London performances this summer is Katy Ashworth – actor, TV presenter, musician, and entertainer best known for her storytelling skills in the Cbeebies house and at their live shows, her interactive live show Katy’s Fun Time and fronting a 12-piece soul band in family music experience The Great Big Gig.
Katy Ashworth said “I saw the show in Bath with my son, he was captivated throughout and his attention never dropped. I am very excited to be joining the cast of such a wonderful show.”
During the run in the West End, London Contemporary Theatre will continue to raise money for Cancer Research, having raised over £1,200 during their 2016 UK tour.
Mike Kenny is one of England’s leading writers specialising in young people’s theatre. He was included in the Independent on Sunday’s list of Top Ten Living Playwrights and his plays are performed regularly throughout the UK and all over the world. In 2000, he was Arts Council England’s first recipient of The Children’s Award for Playwriting for Children and Young People. His Olivier Award-winning adaptation of The Railway Children for York Theatre Royal, has had several successful revivals at Waterloo and Kings Cross stations, as well as at the National Railway Museum. In Canada it won the People’s Choice Award following its record-breaking run in Toronto. Mike’s recent productions include an adaptation of Jeff Brown’s Flat Stanley for Engine House Theatre; The Princess And The Pea for tutti frutti; Bag Dancing for Blah Blah Blah and In Fog And Falling Snow(with Bridget Foreman) for York Theatre Royal.
Luke Sheppard won the inaugural Noël Coward Trainee Director Award at Salisbury Playhouse. He was a JMK Award finalist in 2010 and 2011 and took part in the National Theatre Director’s Course. Luke was invited to take part in the Old Vic 24 Hour Plays and selected to participate in the TS Eliot UK/US Exchange. He is an Associate Director of Matilda: The Musical (RSC West End, Broadway, Stratford-Upon-Avon) and recently directed In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre / Southwark Playhouse), Beyond the Fence (Arts Theatre), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ (Leicester Curve) and Oliver! (Watermill Theatre). His projects have been nominated for Olivier, Whatsonstage, UK Theatre and Off West End Awards.
London Contemporary Theatre was established by Jonathan Ashby-Rock and Philip Ryder in 2012 with an aim to bring classic theatre to a contemporary audience, and is committed to creating exciting, fast-paced theatre using live original music. Over 3 years London Contemporary Theatre has rapidly developed, firmly establishing itself as a leading producer of mid-scale touring theatre with productions including Danny Champion of the World (2015) and Treasure Island (2014) as well as outdoor productions and events.
STIG OF THE DUMP
19th July – 26th August
Tuesday 3pm, Wednesday 12:30pm, Thursday 1pm & 3pm (except 25th July), Friday 1pm & 3pm, Saturday 11am
Additional performances Monday 22nd July at 3pm and Thursday 25th July at 11am
020 7836 8463
Running Time: 55 minutes | Suitable for ages 4+