Carlo Collodi's classic story is bought to life in the magical world of AnimaLand as an exhilirating Hip Hop musical for all the family.
When Skat Cat creates a puppet out of wood that magically comes to life, an adventure starts that sees Pinocchio journey all across AnimaLand and ultimately unite all the different animals behind his desire to become a real cat.
From Meow Gate, where the Bouncing Cats live, through Furrow Forest, the Rave Caves, Beat Box Beach and Junglist Massive; Pinocchio's rebellious actions and web of lies creates a rollercoaster ride of both comedic and dramatic events, that eventually ends in a heartwarming finale as the wooden puppet loses his false front and bravado and learns to "keep it real".
In this, the first ever puppet show set in AnimaLand, the Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups are joined by mischievous Magpies, misleading Foxes, Raving Frogs, Sub Bass Snakes and a predatory Shark. Parents and children alike will delight in this authentic representation of Hip Hop culture, rave and jungle music framing Collodi's classic tale as a musical puppetry show for all the family
Sam Frank – Composer
Starting his musical career in his teens Sam, worked the london live circuit as saxophonist throughout the nineties and into the 2000’s. During that time he played at a wide range of venues with an even wider range of artists. Studio sessions, brass arrangement, world tours, residencies, theatre tours, with artists from Lulu to Jay Z, through to function band singers, the Rocky Horror Show and world tours on the QE2.
Alongside this a career in songwriting and production starting as the first home sequencer software became available. Over the next twenty years he has had around thirty releases on major labels including artists such as Sia, Skepta, Skream, Aluna George, Katy B, Netsky, Tinie Tempa, and a long list of releases on underground and independent labels with some of the most respected artists in the Drum and Bass, Garage, Dub-Step and House genres. He’s had publishing deals with both EMI and BMG, composed for television ads, worked as a string arranger, released his own album (the Hour, Gut Records), been playlisted on Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra and Kiss, and had several co-writing releases in Europe and Iceland. He has worked at Air Studios, Abbey Rd, Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, Metropolis and overseas in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York including live work at Radio City.
Maxwell Golden - Writer and Director.
Theatrical credits include:
As writer/ performer: Bouncing Cats & Boom Boom Pups (Southbank Centre), Avant Garde Dance’s Romeo & Juliet (National Theatre), CountryBoy’s Struggle (Contact Theatre), The Little Witch (National Theatre), Abandoman (Pleasance Theatre), Freestyle Forums (Kompany Malachi / Nitro), East London West Sydney (British Council / Sydney Festival), Lyrix Organix Emergence, Riz MC’s MICroscope (Sadler’s Wells / Fabric), Markus The Sadist (Jonzi D Productions), The Sun & The Moon (Southbank Centre), Takeover (Southbank Centre), Everything Must Go (Soho Theatre), Essence (Birmingham Rep), Ganges to Nile (The Drum), Mirrorage (Birmingham Rep), Embryonica (Decible).
As writer: Fagin’s Twist (The Place), Street Life (Paddington Arts)
As dramaturg: The Den (Faith Drama / Barbican), Avant Garde Dance’s Romeo & Juliet (National Theatre), Street Life (Paddington Arts), Stormy: The Life of Lena Horne
As director: Bouncing Cats & Boom Boom Pups (Southbank Centre), Possession: Afillia’s Return (Remarkable Productions), The Future Is Unwritten (Greenwich Dance), From The Front To The Back (Greenwich Dance), The Sun & The Moon (Southbank Centre), Takeover (Southbank Centre), Coventry - In The Mix (Warwick Arts Centre) & Stormy: The Life of Lena Horne
Luke Warburton - Arts Director
Mr Dane's artistic career started on the streets of London with a formal training in graffiti writing culture. Since those early days his artistic language has evolved to include design, sculpture and illustration.
He became well known for landmark exterior wall paintings and interactive public art pieces with his pioneering work signalproject.com during the emergence of the British street art movement.
The co-author and illustrator of the acclaimed original street art colouring books London and NYC.
His first children's story book project 'bouncing cats and boom pups ' has recently evolved into into a sell out immersive theatre show working alongside Maxwell Golden.
He currently works as artistic designer behind the successful Patty & Bun Brand.
Mr Dane has exhibited and painted live at festivals and events around the world. Recently resident artist at the innovative 'Sunsplash' festival (Turkey) and the magical 'Body & Soul' festival (Ireland )
He is well respected as an artist, an educator and passionate craftsman.
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