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September 28, 2019 - October 26, 2019

Designed by Alison Neighour
Created by the Bone Emsemble


Maya LOVES water! Swimming in the sea, splashing in her paddling pool. But one summer’s day, she gets sucked up the bathroom tap – SQUOOSH! – and along the water pipes! WHOOAAHHHH!

Maya arrives in a new land and sets off on an adventure plunging into rivers, and discovering oceans. She encounters a flood and a drought, meets fascinating people and creatures who live in and by water and battles againstunexpected villains!

Maya begins to think again about water. How there can be too much, too little, or when it’s too dirty. And maybe, just maybe, she can do something to help. And that maybe we can help, too..?

Onstage, there’s a paddling pool full of water, a water pistol fight (don’t get squirted!) and the mesmerizing sounds of an aquaphone and African mbira. Plus a loopstation for us all to make watery sound effects and beatboxing rhythms – all created live during the show!

Gulp! is a moving, magical and interactive story dripping with fun, unexpected twists and turns, and watery surprises. Following a child’s natural curiosity to find out and understand more about the world beyond their own life experience, it’s also a story about the beauty and challenges of water in an age of oil, plastic and climate change. A story about learning to care about the world, its people and its natural resources.

Gulp! is grounded in science and powered by the imagination. We’ve collaborated with environmental experts to weave scientific knowledge into a compelling narrative with dynamic interactive activities, engaging audienceswith the environment andclimate change in a positive, refreshing new way.

Suitable for all families and children age 7+

Accessible to d/Deaf, hearing and non-English speaking audiences


Midlands Arts Centre – Sat 28 and Sun 29 Sep

Action Transport Theatre  – Mon 07 Oct (for Cheshire Rural Touring Arts)

All Stretton Village Hall – Fri 11 Oct  (for Arts Alive & Flicks in the Sticks)

Arena Theatre – Fri 18 – Sat 19 Oct

Jubilee Centre, Alcester – Sun 20 Oct (Live & Local)

Beeston Library – Mon 21 Oct

Library Mansfield & Sutton Library – Tue 22 Oct and

Worksop Library & West Bridgford Library – Wed 23 Oct (All for Inspire Nottinghamshire Libraries & The Spark Arts for Children)

 Cardington Village Hall – Sat 26 Oct  (Arts Alive & Flicks in the Sticks)

Plus a host of schools around Birmingham  and the West Midlands as part of our innovative partnership with Severn Trent.

In an industry first, The Bone Ensemble has collaborated with Severn Trent Water, as well as the Environment Agency and scientists from the University of Birmingham to weave scientific knowledge into a compelling narrative with dynamic interactive activities, engaging audiences with the environment and climate change in a positive, refreshing new way.



September 28, 2019
October 26, 2019
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