Vis­ual big hit from a crazy be­lief

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scale and build­ing pat­terns, and adapt­ing our tech­niques – us­ing in­dus­trial fab­rics from con­struc­tion sites in­stead of pa­per, and broom­sticks as paint­brushes.”

It was a long jour­ney to bring the show to the stage, and took the col­lab­o­ra­tive work of Jonathan’s team and Eric’s team to en­sure ev­ery­thing was per­fect when com­pared to Eric’s il­lus­tra­tions.

“Eric has been so com­pli­men­tary through­out the jour­ney – he’s so witty and charm­ing, said Jonathan.

Eric wasn’t able to see the show’s de­but in Aus­tralia, but he did see the New York premiere with all his fam­ily and friends.

“Aside from the ex­cited chil­dren sit­ting around the group, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

“Al­though ev­ery­one had been part of the jour­ney, fi­nally see­ing Eric’s life work have a life of its own was mov­ing for ev­ery­one. It was truly spe­cial.”

So do you have a favourite story in the show?

“It’s a story about an artist paint­ing an­i­mals in un­usual colours like a yel­low cow, and a pink rab­bit – and then he is sur­prised when his ar­tis­ticar cre­ations in­ter­ac­tac with him and the au­di­ence”,au ex­plained Jonathan.Jo

And do you have a favourite pup­pet in the show?

“It’s hard to pick a favourite – there are so many to like! Lions, polka-dot­ted don­keys… the cater­pil­lar!

“Ac­tu­ally, my favourite pup­pet in the show is the li­on­fish from the story Mis­ter Sea­horse that is the sec­ond story we tell in this show.

“He has a bonkers ex­pres­sion on his face but fan­tas­tic long fins that are quite mes­mer­iz­ing.”

The Very Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar Show is a great first in­tro­duc­tion to theatre for young chil­dren.

Eric Carle’s work has de­lighted young read­ers for gen­er­a­tions. For so many chil­dren it is al­most a right of pas­sage to be in­tro­duced to reading from this book – and it is the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to the theatre with 75 in­cred­i­ble pup­pets com­ing to life in front of their eyes!

The Very Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar Show takes place at The Atkinson on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 18 and Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 19 at var­i­ous times.

You can book tick­ets on­line at www.the­atkin­son.co.uk or call 01704 533333.

Jonathan Rock­e­feller, writer, di­rec­tor and the cre­ator of The Very Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar Show which is based on t the pop­u­lar c chil­dren’s book by E Eric Carle

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