Today we’re very excited to be sharing Toby Olié’s performance of Ross Collins‘ picture book, What Does An Anteater Eat? The performance was created and performed entirely from Toby’s home during the lockdown and is streamed by the Little Angel Theatre. You can watch the performance at the top of this post!
Toby Olié is a director, designer and puppeteer who has previously worked on War Horse at the National Theatre and co-directed an adaptation of Ross Collins’ The Elephantom. He is also the co-artistic director of Gyre & Gymble, a theatre company specialising in puppetry performance.
Toby said: “I have been a fan of Ross Collins’s work since first discovering The Elephantom in my local bookshop in 2006. His illustrations contain such a mixture of imagination, warmth and wit that they immediately lend themselves to becoming moving, talking characters – and as someone who grew up making model theatres out of cardboard boxes for their toys, I’m looking forward to creating a whole theatre in which I can bring this story to life.
I’m extremely grateful to Ross and Nosy Crow the publisher for giving me permission to adapt the book during these extended hours indoors, and to Little Angel Theatre for helping me to share it with families in their homes.”
You can take a look inside What Does An Anteater Eat, by Ross Collins, below:
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