The Crane

National Tour 2008

Show Dates: 9 March 2008 - 12 April 2008

Based on the children’s book by Reiner Zimnik

Red Earth Theatre in collaboration with Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham & Assembly Rooms Derby
The Crane was originally commissioned by Hands Up

So what happens is: a little town builds this giant crane, the tallest crane in the world and everyone wants to drive it. The bloke who gets the job, he loves the crane so much, he climbs up there and never comes down. I mean, think of that, living your whole life on top of a crane. Brilliant.

A travelling circus
A pirate ship
A miniature steam train
Man eating sharks

Based on the children’s book by Reiner Zimnik, this epic story is funny, inspirational, wise and clever.

Tour Dates

past show

9 – 11 March 2008
Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

13 March 2008
Half Moon Theatre, London

18 March 2008
Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold

19 – 21 March 2008
egg, Theatre Royal Bath

22 March 2008
Lighthouse Poole

25 – 26 March 2008
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

27 – 29 March 2008
Guildhall Theatre, Derby

30 March 2008
Southport Arts Centre

1 April 2008
Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance

8– 9 April 2008
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

10 April 2008
Darlington Arts Centre

12 April 2008
Salisbury Playhouse


Catherine Boot
Donna Mullings
Wayne Sharples
Lisa Ann Williams
Dan Willis

Creative and Production Team

Adapted by Wendy Rouse
Directed by Amanda Wilde & Wendy Rouse
Designed by Laura McEwen
Puppetry Director – Sean Myatt
Choreographer – Joanne Moven
British Sign Language & Visual Vernacular Coach – Jean St Clair
Lighting Designer – Gino Spolverino
Sound Design – Matt Marks
Dramaturg – Jenny Sealey
Stage Manager – Lucy Collier
Graphic Design – Dominic Mallin
Puppet Maker – Polly Laycock
Props Maker – Nathan Rose & Alex Hutton
Costume – Maggie Power
Set Painting – Claire Thompson
BSL Interpretation for Rehearsals – Karen Connah & Karen Perry
Train & Railway Construction – Hans Winkler & Alan Frosin
Set Construction – Visual Scene & Set One
Creative Learning Resources – Fiona Shelton & Angela Carey