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The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse


Samuel Buttery

Theatre credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Barbican/Regents Park Open Air), Fat Blokes (Southbank Centre/Home Manchester), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), The Tale of Mr Tumble (Manchester Opera House/CBeebies), Buttery Brown Monk (Leicester Square Theatre), Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse). Film and TV Credits include: Child 44 (Ridley Scott), Blaggers (Channel 4 ‘Comedy Blap’), 8 of 10 of Cats (Channel 4), The Tale of Mr Tumble (CBeebies). Workshops: Cinderella (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), Rescue Fantasy (Soho Theatre), Poke The Bear (BAFTA/Rocliffe).

Varun Raj

Varun has a BA (Hons) Psychology and Drama degree from the University of Winchester along with an MA from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Recent film credits include: Baar Baar Dekho and Gold. Recent stage credits include: Mushy (UK Tour, 2019) and Dubailand (Finborough Theatre).

Cath Whitefield

Theatre includes: Adler & Gibb (In Company Collective/Royal Court/International Tour); Measure for Measure, Elektra (Young Vic); Cyrano De Bergerac (Royal and Derngate/Northern Stage); Bondagers, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Medea (National Theatre); A Life of Galileo (Birmingham Rep/Bath Theatre Royal/Tour); The Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Mr Holgado, The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth (Unicorn Theatre); Barrow Hill (Finborough Theatre); Bitch Boxer (Soho Theatre); Beyond the Gate, Electra, How To Be An Other Woman, Hedda, The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents (The Gate); Othello (RSC); Between Dog and Wolf (Oran Mor/Paines Plough); Hansel and Gretel (Catherine Wheels); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre/Filter); Gobbo, Home East Lothian, Mancub (National Theatre of Scotland); State of Grace (King's Head); Charlotte's Webb (Citizen's Theatre); Lost Ones (Vanishing Point); Platform (ICA); Fierce (Grid Iron). TV & Film includes: His Dark Materials, Don't Forget the Driver, Black Earth Rising, Holby City, Guiding Light, Above Suspicion: Red Dahlia, Hella's Pavement, The Bill.

Creative Team

Writer - Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (Adapted for the stage and directed by Jack McNamara)

Director - Jack McNamara

Jack has been Artistic Director of New Perspectives since September 2012.

Productions for the company include: Once Upon Our Times (Southbank), trade (National Tour) The Fishermen (Trafalgar Studios/ HOME Manchester) The Boss of It All (Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh & Soho Theatre); The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock (Brits off Broadway, New York & UK tour); Him With His Foot In His Mouth, Watching the Living (both UK tours); HOOD (150th Anniversary Commission, Nottingham Theatre Royal) and Darkness Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse co-production), Harvest (regional tour) and Sisyphus (BE Festival, MESS Award Winner).

Productions for children and family audiences include: The Tiger's Bones and Other Stories (UK tour), The Giant Jam Sandwich (UK tour & Edinburgh) and The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse (in a co-production with the Unicorn Theatre).

Designer - Amelia Jane Hankin

Amelia trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Theatre includes Sing Yer Heart out for the Lads (Costume design - Chichester Festival Theatre), One Under (Graeae), Unknown Rivers (Hampstead Theatre); The Wave (Almeida Theatre), (This isn't) A True Story (Almeida Theatre), Blue Orange (Birmingham Rep); Gastronomic (Curious Directive); The Fishermen (HOME/Arcola/Trafalgar Studios); The Comedy of Errors (RSC); Confidence (Southwark Playhouse); Europe After the Rain (Mercury Theatre); Smack That (A Conversation) (Barbican + UK Tour); Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok (Royal Exchange); Mixed Brain (Paines Plough/Tiata Fahodzi); Natives (Southwark Playhouse); The Scar Test (Soho Theatre); Punts (Theatre503); Powerplay (Hampton Court Palace); Good Dog (Palace Theatre Watford + UK Tour); Rudolf and The Night Before Christmas (Leeds Playhouse); We Are You (Young Vic at British Museum); The Neighbourhood Project (Bush Theatre); The Tiger's Bones (Lakeside Nottingham, Polka London and Leeds Playhouse); She Called Me Mother (Tara Arts and UK tour); Fake It'Til You Make It (Soho Theatre, Traverse Edinburgh, UK and Australian tour); The Same Deep Water As Me, The Crucible, Dealer's Choice and Pinter Triple Bill (Guildhall School of Music and Drama); 64 Squares (New Diorama and UK tour); You Once Said Yes (Perth International Festival, Nuffield Theatre and Lowry Theatre).

Lighting Designer - Robbie Butler

Robbie trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is an honorary life member of the Association of Lighting designers, has twice been nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design and was the winner of the 2015 ETC Award. More at

Theatre Includes: Potted Panto (Southwark Playhouse); Vagabond Matter (Acrojou UK Tour); The Girl Who Fell (Trafalgar Studios 2); MUSHY: Lyrically Speaking (Watford Palace Theatre and UK tour); Guards at the Taj, My Mother Said I Never Should, The Children, (Theatre By The Lake); The Happy Tragedy of Being Woke (Complicité); A Prayer For Wings (King’s Head and Volcano Arts Centre); ORAL (Regional Tour); The Crown Dual, Sinatra Raw (Seabright Productioins); The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Macron Stadium, Bolton); The Selfish Giant (UK Tour); Down and Out: Live (La Generale, Paris); Lady MacWata (Ghostlight Theatre Co.); Abandoman (Underbelly Productions); For King and Country (Southwark Playhouse); There or Here (Park Theatre); The Wind In The Willows (Core Theatre); Mother Courage and Her Children (Southwark Playhouse); Run The Beast Down (Marlowe Theatre); As well as many productions at the Finborough Theatre, The Old Red Lion Theatre and Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Festivals.

Opera Includes: Isabeau (Opera Holland Park); Dialogues Des Carmelites (Guildhall School); Il Trovatore (The Royal Danish Opera & Teatro Real Madrid - Associate); The Enchanted Pig (HGO).

Composer - Arun Ghosh

Arun is a British-Asian clarinettist, composer and musical director. He has released three critically acclaimed albums, Northern Namaste, Primal Odyssey and A South Asian Suite, on camoci records. Other significant works in his repertoire include his re-score of feature-length animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed, contemporary dance work A Handful of Dust and programme symphony, Spitalfields Suite. As well as being a key player on the UK jazz scene, Ghosh has worked on over forty professional theatre and dance productions with companies including: Manchester Royal Exchange, Library Theatre, National YouthTheatre, Cardboard Citizens, Akademi Dance and Kali Theatre. He worked with Tamasha as composer on Child of the Divide, on the verbatim play, My Name Is... and more recently on Made in India (Tamasha, Coventry Belgrade, Pilot Theatre). Arun Ghosh is an Associate Artist of The Albany Theatre and Spitalfields Music (2014), and recently completed his post as Musician in Residence of Wuhan, China in association with the British Council. Arun is composer and sound designer for The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse.

Movement Director - Kitty Winter

Kitty Winter trained at Laban and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
For New Perspectives: The Fishermen, Harvest.
For Pentabus: Wolves are Coming for You, As the Crow Flies, Here I Belong.
Recent movement credits include: The Kite Runner (Nottingham Playhouse/Wyndham’s/UK tour); Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, A Christmas Carol, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Derby Theatre); Blood (Tamasha/ Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Cinemusical, Cinemusical High (Laurence Owen/Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh); Rapunzel, Jack, Tom’s Midnight Garden (Nottingham Playhouse); Tiny Treasures, The Night Pirates (Theatre Hullabaloo); The Dog House, Puss in Boots, Women on the Verge of HRT (Derby LIVE); Roots (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Ghandi, Coconuts (Kali/Arcola); Dick Turpin’s Last Ride (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds).
Recent directing credits include: Feet First, Car Story (Box Clever); Spinning Yarns, FIVE (Theatre Hullabaloo/Theatre Direct, Canada); Whose Shoes? (Nottingham Playhouse); Awaking Durga (Kali/Soho).
For her own company WinterWalker Kitty has directed: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Watermans Arts Centre); Three Keepers (UK tour); Come to the Circus (Déda, Derby); The Beast of Belper (Belper Arts Festival).


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