adapted from the book by Russell Hoban

Red Earth Theatre in association with Arena Theatre Wolverhampton and Derby Theatre present

Soonchild – Now Touring!

Adapted from the book by Russell Hoban & Illustrated by Alexis Deacon

Midlands What’s On ****  Simply astounding.”  “A breathtaking journey.

Dig out your snowshoes for an Arctic Adventure with live music and songs, 3D and shadow puppets, creative captioning, integrated sign language and song, plus the cosmic brilliance of the Northern Lights.

Set somewhere north of the Arctic Circle, Soonchild is the story of a shaman known as Sixteen Face John who feels out of step with the modern world. John’s wife is expecting a baby, but the Soonchild refuses to be born until she can hear the World Songs – special music that is essential for the world to exist.

So, John sets out on a quest which takes him through many life-times, and thrilling encounters with a constellation of cool characters and animal spirits – including the most magnificent of all Polar creatures: the Ice Bear. John must find the World Songs for Soonchild and save the world, before it’s too late.

So big-hearted, this show will melt an iceberg.

Soonchild sparkles with Red Earth’s dynamic performance style, puppetry and physical comedy. All wrapped around with exquisite folk fusion music from Threaded and the glorious light patterns of the aurora.

About the book…

“Magical.” The Sunday Times

“Will truly delight both adults and children.” The Irish Times

“Hoban is the best sort of genius.” Patrick Ness, The Guardian.


Photographs copyright Robert Day

Trailer by Gavin Repton



VENUE OR PROGRAMMER? Would you like to book the show?

For more information contact..

Co-Artistic Director: Amanda Wilde

e; [email protected]

m; 07584 046 184

t; 01773 824 509




With support from the Birkdale Trust & thanks to New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich


Rosie Bott: Musician / Performer

Matilda Bott: Performer

Ning-Ning Li: Musician / Performer

Craig Painting: Perfomer

Brandon Plummer: Performer

Jamie Rutherford: Musician / Performer


Click HERE to find out more about the Performers

Creative & Production Team

Directors: Wendy Rouse and Amanda Wilde

Designer: Laura McEwen

Design Assistants(with Thanks to Nottingham Trent University): Jessica Bradley

Lighting Design: Callum Macdonald

Sound Design & Programming: Drew Baumohl

Movement Director: Joanne Bernard

Composer Musicians: Threaded (Rosie Bott, Jamie Rutherford and Ning-Ning Li)

Graphic Design – Dominic Mallin (Mallin Design Ltd)

Puppetry Director – Steve Tiplady

BSL Director – Rebecca Ann Withey

Sign Song Director – Caroline Parker

Tour Dates

Recent Production

October 2019 – December 2019

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton


Friday 4 October 2019

at 7pm.


Saturday 5 October 2019

at 2pm & 7pm.




Lincoln Drill Hall


Sunday 13 October 2019

at 2.30 pm.




Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester


Saturday 19 October 2019

at 11am & 3pm.




Warwick Arts Centre part of Change Festival, Warwick


Sunday 20 October 2019

at 2.15pm.




The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich


Monday 21 October 2019

at 2.30 pm.




CAST, Doncaster


Saturday 26 October 2019

at 2pm.




Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield


Sunday 27 October 2019

at 2.30 pm.




Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield


Monday 28 October 2019





New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth


Friday 1 November 2019





Blackwood Miners Institute, Caerphilly


Saturday 16 November 2019

11am & 3pm.



Available in English and British Sign Language.

Please pre-book by calling 01495 227206




Lakeside Arts, Nottingham


EXTRA SHOW! – Saturday 23 November 2019 at 6pm


Sunday 24 November 2019

at 11am & 3pm.




Luton Library Theatre


Saturday 30 November 2019

at 2pm.