Cast and Crew

Samuel Tracy

Mouse

Meet Samuel

Samuel is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with previous training at The BRIT School.  

 Other theatre credits include: The Tempest (Salisbury Playhouse) Windrush75 (Southwark Playhouse) The Three Billy Goats Gruff (The Unicorn Theatre) Half-Empty Glasses, A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain, The Ultimate Pickle (Paines Plough Roundabout Season) WILD (The Unicorn Theatre) Romeo & Juliet (Southwark Playhouse) Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Rose Theatre Kingston/National Tour) Sticky (Southwark Playhouse) Zigger Zagger (Wilton’s Music Hall) Orfeo (Royal Opera House / Roundhouse) Because of You (Hampton Hill Theatre)  

Television credits include: Woke Overnight (BBC) 

Film credits include: Venus Fly Trap, HAMLET NW5 (RADA)  

What was your favourite story as a child? 

I was obsessed with The Little Mermaid as a kid, I would’ve given anything to be a Merman under the sea (still would to be honest!) 

If you pretended to be an imaginary monster, what would they look like?

They’d be super fuzzy with a massive tail, enormous fangs, sharp claws and 12,000 legs that can run at superspeed.   

What would you take with you into the deep dark wood?

I’d want to take my dad so he can protect me from any monsters that might be lurking in the trees or behind bushes.  

 

Maxwell Tyler

The Gruffalo/Predators

Meet Maxwell

Training/a bit about you: Trained at Drama Studio London, Max is originally from Essex and studied at the University of York. Max is also a writer and co-founder of the award-winning Faceplant Theatre. 

Other theatre credits include: Professor Slug’s House of Bugs (UK tour), Doctor Who: Time Fracture (Immersive Everywhere), The Bear (Pins & Needles), Blade Runner (Secret Cinema), Alice’s Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles), Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie (Les Enfants Terribles), Man & Superman (National Theatre), King Lear (National Theatre) 

Television credits include: Count Abdulla (ITVX), EastEnders (BBC) 

Other credits include: Wooden Overcoats (Audioscribble) 

What is your favourite thing to do in the snow?  

Look directly upwards to the sky and see the snow falling straight down towards you 

If you were a monster, what would you look like? 

I’d have bigger ears, a bigger nose, greener skin, loads of horns on my head, smaller feet, and a great big tail like a kangaroo. 

Who is your favourite character in The Gruffalo/The Gruffalo’s child and why? 

The Gruffalo because his feet are really big and so I imagine, like me, he finds shoe shopping quite difficult. 

Harriet Waters

The Gruffalo’s Child

Meet Harriet

Harriet is originally from Manchester and graduated from Mountview in 2020. 

Other theatre credits include: SHEWOLVES (National Tour/ Southwark Playhouse), BETTY BLUE EYES (Mountview) 

Television credits include: Scott and Bailey (ITV)  

What have been your favourite projects to work on?  

SHEWOLVES was for sure a favourite project to work on. It was a creative and collaborative process with a dream team of people. 

What was your favourite story as a child?

‘Angelina Ballerina’ is a classic. When I was little, I used to prance around in my pink tutu like her.

If you pretended to be an imaginary monster, what would they look like?

A purple fluffy monster with pale pink spots. I’d have humps on my spine and a big soft belly.   

What is your favourite thing to do in the snow?

Go for a big walk with my dog Wilson.

Pip Simpson

Understudy Gruffalo’s Child

Meet Pip

Pip recently graduated from East 15 Acting School, from the Acting and Physical Theatre course. At age seven, Pip performed as a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz at The Royal Festival Hall, and since then knew that the stage was where she wanted to be. Pip is passionate about making theatre more accessible and is training to be a BSL interpreter for the stage. This is Pip’s professional debut. 

Theatre credits whilst training include: The Gilded Splinter (David Glass Ensemble); This Is Rigged (Jacksons Lane); Let The Right One In (Gary Sefton). 

What was your favourite story as a child? 

The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go To Bed by Helen Cooper. It’s about a child who’s determined not to go to sleep so sets off on an adventure instead- a bit like I always wanted to do! 

If you pretended to be an imaginary monster, what would they look like?  

I would be a really big and tall monster, but not too scary. The perfect monster to give a great big cuddle. 

What is your favourite thing to do in the snow?  

Wrap up warm and go sledging with my friends. I enjoy the thrill of going really fast down the snowy hill. And then getting home and having a bubble bath. 

Stephan Andrews

Company Stage Manager

Meet Stephan

Originally from the West Midlands, Steff studied and trained for a degree in drama and performing arts at DeMonfort University in Leicester.

Steff is an all-rounder in theatre. They have worked in a  wide range of capacities over the years spanning  direction of youth and community based projects, through technical roles in lighting, sound and scenery and props, to now working primarily in production and stage management roles with a technical bias.

Other theatre credits include: ‘The Promise’ (Handpicked Productions, Tour); ‘Shewolves’ (Shewolves Productions, Southwark Playhouse / Edinburgh fringe / Tour); ‘Burnout’ (Shybairn Theatre, Tour); ‘Shut Up, I’m Dreaming’ (National Theatre, Tour); ‘The Naughty Fox’ (Toucan Theatre, Tour); ‘Frankenstein’ (Blackeyed Theatre, Tour); ‘Cinderella’ (Harrow Arts Centre); ‘Seasons’ (Upswing Ariel, Tour)

What have been your favourite projects to work on?

Ones that are a bit curious and ask questions of society.

What is your favourite thing to do in the snow?

Snow angel.

If you were a monster, what would you look like?

I would be a fluorescent pink panda type bear with piercing blue eyes and very sharp claws.

What would you be scared of in the deep dark wood?

Strange clicking and whishing noises.

Creatives

Olivia Jacobs

Director

Meet Olivia
Say My Name: uh-LIV-ee-uh JAY-kuhbs
What do you like best about your job?

The people I get to work with. I’m lucky to be in a room with so many talented and creative people. It’s hard and physically demanding – but we laugh all the time and what could be better than that?!

What was your favourite story as a child?

I loved being read Mr Tickle by my dad. The anticipation of him tickling at the end was almost unbearable…

Why did you want to work in theatre?

I learn best through stories and am inspired by getting lost in a brilliant tale. To be part of making great stories come to life for a living is a real treat.

 

 

 

Toby Mitchell

Dramaturg

Meet Toby
What have been your favourite projects to work on?

As a director, ‘The Smeds and The Smoos’, ‘The Snow Dragon’ and ‘The Snail and the Whale’; as a writer/performer, ‘Future Perfect’ (a show I performed with my then 10-year-old son).

What was your favourite story as a child?

‘Alice in Wonderland’ (for its nonsense and intelligence) and ‘Winnie the Pooh’ (for its silliness and philosophy).

Isla Shaw

Designer

Meet Isla
Say My Name: I-la sh-or sounds like roar
What have been your favourite projects to work on?

I designed ‘Macbeth’ at Shakespeare’s Globe. It’s incredibly exciting to have 1600 people responding to work in that space! It’s raw and exciting!

What do you like best about your job?

I really enjoy how every day is different. From research and problem solving, to working creatively with the director, and being part of a team to create a show.

James Whiteside

Lighting Designer

Meet James
What have been your favourite projects to work on?

I’m very lucky to have worked on all sorts of projects, so it’s very hard to pick a favourite. But I did have a blast the first time I went to New York with Tall Stories!

What was your favourite story as a child?

My favourite story as a child was ‘The Wind in the Willows’, and it still is! One day I would like to light it on stage.

Morag Cross

Choreographer

Meet Morag
What have been your favourite projects to work on?

Not to be cheesy, but ALL of the Tall Stories shows that I’ve done the movement for are the most fun and collaborative and satisfying to create.

What do you like best about your job?

Playing games and dancing and laughing until I’m exhausted!

Martin Rodges

Costume Supervisor

Meet Martin
What have been your favourite projects to work on?

One of my favourites was ‘Anything Goes’ at the Barbican, because it was the first proper theatre job I did after lockdown and so it felt like I was finally getting back to normal.

Why did you want to work in theatre?

I tried every single job in theatre and finally settled on costumes – I enjoy realising the designers’ drawings on stage. 2024 will mark 35 years of working in the costume industry.

Jon Fiber & Andy Shaw

Music & Lyrics

Meet Jon Fiber & Andy Shaw
What have been your favourite projects to work on?

We’ve enjoyed all of the shows we’ve worked on with Tall Stories but I think our favourite experience was working with actor-musicians, devising songs and music for ‘Wilde Creatures’ and ’The Canterville Ghost’.

What was your favourite story as a child?

Jon’s favourite story as a child was ‘Peter and the Wolf’ (although it terrified him!) and Andy’s was ‘The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse’.

Production

Director: Olivia Jacobs
Dramaturg: Toby Mitchell
Designer: Isla Shaw
Lighting Designer: James Whiteside
Choreographer: Morag Cross
Costume Supervisor: Martin Rodges
Music and Lyrics: Jon Fiber, Andy Shaw
Music Production: Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for Shock Productions
UK Production Manager: Nick May
Marketing: Jane Morgan Associates

Adapted by the company from the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books)

The Gruffalo’s Child © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2004 – Macmillan Children’s Books 

Previous team members

The Gruffalo’s Child

Angela Laverick (original production), Sarah Thomas Lane, Caroline Garland, Karina Garnett, Marie-Therese Devine, Ellie Bell, Yvette Clutterbuck, Sarah Kameela Impey, Sophie Alice, Althea Burey 

Gruffalo/Predators

Alex Perkins (original production), Rowan Talbot, Liam Lane, Felix Hayes, Stuart Slavicky, Owen G Bevan, Harry Lobek, Philip Yarrow, Tom Crook, Duncan Macinnes, Alex Scott Fairley, Andrew Mudie, Jack Kelly, Dominic Gee-Burch, Matt Tweddle 

Mouse

Morag Cross (original production), Hilda Gardner, Luanna Priestman, Alice Parsloe, Abbey Norman, Lesley Cook, Ellie Bell, Sally-Ann Staunton, Catriona Mackenzie, Georgia Wall, Emily Essery