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Creative List

Three Legs by Aaben Dans

Dancers – Ole Birger Hansen and Antoinette Helbing

Dancer/acrobat – Henna Kaikula

Idea and concept – Thomas Eisenhardt and Catherine Poher

Music – Lars Greve

Technician and touring manager – Elke Laleman


Valentina’s Galaxy by Frozen Charlotte

Presented by Imaginate and Edinburgh International Science Festival

Performers – Melanie Jordan and Joy Maria Onotu

Director – Heather Fulton

Dramaturg – Xana Marwick

Designer – Katy Wilson

Lighting designer – Gerron Stewart

Musician / composer – Niroshini Thambar

Production manager – Grahame Coyle

Science Adviser – Dr Alistair Bruce


NERO by Alfredo Zinola and Maxwell McCarthy

Choreographer and perfomer – Alfredo Zinola

Choreographer and performer – Maxwell McCarthy

Music – Marin Zivkovic

Lighting – Marek Lamprecht

Dramaturgy – Parwanhe Frei


The Little Bath by Théâtre de Romette

Performer (1 June) – Samuel Watts

Performer (2 June) – Rémy Bénard

Director and concept – Johanny Bert

Artistic collaborator – Yan Raballand

Artistic assistant – Christine Caradec

Lighting design and technical director – Gilles Richard

Sound design and engineer – Simon Muller

Plastician – Judith Dubois

Costumes – Pétronille Salomé

Set design – Aurélie Thomas


Mappamondo by Dadodans and Gaia Gonnelli

Concept Choreography Gaia Gonnelli (Artistic director)

Dancer – Leila Bakhtali

Musician – Marijn Korff de Gidts

Artistic advisor – Wiebe Gotink and Wies Bloemen

Designer – Tessa Verbei

Lighting designer – Ellen Knops

Tutor – Katerina Dietzová


And if I were me by Act2 Company Catherine Dreyfus

Choreographer – Catherine Dreyfus in collaboration with the performers

Assistant – Christian Sonderegger

Dancers – Salima Nouidé and Gaetan Jamard

Lighting Designer – Arnaud Poumarat

Music – Stephen Scott

Set Designer – Arnaud Poumarat


The Invisible Man by Theater Artemis

Director – Jetse Batelaan

Technicians – Marieke Smit and Wouter Dijk

Actors – René van 't Hof, Marijn Brussaard and Nimuë Walraven

Music – Keimpe de Jong

Costume designer – Liesbet Swings

Set designers – Jetse Batelaan and Eva Koopmans (assistant)
Lighting designer – Bart van den Heuvel


Small Wonders by Punchdrunk

Directors and co-creators – Tara Boland and Peter Higgin

Writer and co-creator – Nessah Muthy

Designer and co-creator – Kate Rigby

Lighting designer – Adam Foley

Sound designer – Salvador Garza
Performer (Nanny) – Erin Geraghty, Liz Watts-Legg

Performer (Bella) – Sarah Akokhia, Mia Jerome


New Owner by The Last Great Hunt

Co-creators – Arielle Gray and Tim Watts

Actors – Tim Watts and Rachael Woodward

Design and gadgets – Anthony Watts

Original music composition – Rachael Dease

Puppet designer and construction – Chloe Flockart


I Wish I Was a Mountain by the egg & Travelling Light Theatre

Writer and performer – Toby Thompson

Director – Lee Lyford

Designer – Anisha Fields

Lighting designer – George Seal


This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing by Stellar Quines

Commissioned by Imaginate

Director – Jemima Levick

Writer – Finegan Kruckemeyer

Performers – Ewan Somers, Betty Valencia, Kim Allan, and Rehanna MacDonald

Set designer: Jean Chan

Lighting designer: Katharine Williams

Sound designer: Novasound

Movement director: EJ Boyle


Playful Tiger by Barrowland Ballet

Performers – Jade Adamson, Kai-Wen Chuang and Vince Virr

Choreographer – Natasha Gilmore

Collaborator – Ellie Griffiths

Technical stage manager – Craig McNeill

Composer – Kim Moore

Set and lighting designer – Fred Pommerehn

Costume designer – Christine Dove


Super Human Heroes by The Letter J

Commissioned by Imaginate in association with Paisley Arts Centre

Co-directors and performers – Jon Bishop and Judith Williams

Collaborator and performer – Ruth Janssen

Lighting designer – Simon Wilkinson

Designer – Anna Orton

Video designer – Tim Reid


Emil & the Detectives by Slingsby

Director – Andy Packer

Playwright – Nicki Bloom

Performers – Tim Overton and Elizabeth Hay

Composer – Quincy Grant

Designers – Wendy Todd and Ailsa Paterson

Lighting – Geoff Cobham

Lighting designer – Chris Petridis


Us/Them by BRONKS

Performers – Gytha Parmentier and Roman Van Houtven

Writer and director – Carly Wijs

Collaborator – Thomas Vantuycom

Dramaturg – Mieke Versyp

Designer – Stef Stessel

Lighting designer – Thomas Clause

Sound designer – Peter Brughmans


Talent Sheet

Noel Jordan, Imaginate

Festival Director

  • 2019 will be Noel’s third programme as Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.
  • He joined the team in October 2015 from Australia where he had worked in Theatre for Children and Young People for almost 30 years.
  • Noel has extensive experience as a producer, director, actor-devisor and drama educator and worked at Sydney Opera House where he curated the House:ed and Kids at the House annual youth programs from 2004-2011.

Jemima Levick, Stellar Quines

Director of This Girl Laughs…

  • Jemima is Artistic Director and Chief Exec of Stellar Quines and was previously Artistic Director at Dundee Rep Theatre.
  • She is a successful director based in Scotland and has won a number of awards.  Some of her more recent work includes All My Sons at Dundee Rep, Bingo! which toured Scotland in 2018 and The Lover at The Lyceum Theatre. 
  • She works to provide opportunities for women and girls to work in theatre and is a strong advocate of gender equality within the arts.
  • You can watch Jemima talking about the show here.

Peter Higgin, Punchdrunk

Co-director of Small Wonders

  • Peter Higgin was a core part of Punchdrunk’s immersive theatre revolution from its beginning in 2000
  • Punchdrunk Enrichment has pioneered a game changing form of theatre in which roaming audiences experience storytelling inside theatrical worlds, which the company has created.
  • His experiences of being a teacher and taking pupils to see the company's work inspired him as he felt the impact was palpable and transformational.

Toby Thomson

Creator and performer of I Wish I was a Mountain)

  • Toby is a performance poet based in London.
  • At just 16 his poem was performed to a selected audience including Kate Tempest and RSC’s Cicely Berry, and later at the Roundhouse Theatre and the House of Lords.
  • He is currently an incubator scholar at the egg (Bath) where he was commissioned to create I Wish I was a Mountain.
  • He was Glastonbury Slam Champion and the Pleasance Indie winner at the Fringe in 2018.
  • You can watch Toby speaks about his experience with poetry and spoken words here