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Halie Darling

Halie graduated from LJMU with a first-class BA Hons in drama. She wrote her final year dissertation entitled ‘Children’s Theatre: A second class citizen?’ Where she evaluated the state of children’s theatre in the modern drama scene. She has significant experience of working with children, as she has been involved in several of the Oldham Coliseum’s young people’s theatre workshop programmes, acting as a workshop leader.

After graduating Halie worked at Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester, directing and performing in the Lego Pantos for the Trafford Centres Fireworks Extravaganza aimed at family audiences.

Conceived and directed The London Dungeon Puppet Takeover and taught puppetry at Shrek’s Adventure. Halie works with Merlin’s Magic Wand bringing “The Jester Factor” to students with profound, severe and complex additional needs, and a TIE production about Victorian child Labour, co-coceived and co-directed and acted in site specific gothic conundrum Sherlock Holmes and The Ripping Good Case. Halie starred in “Alien: Escape” aside the legendary monster from the Alien franchise. She was featured as the Clerk in “Trump on Trial” a promotional video for The London Dungeon and played Mrs Lovett from Sweeny Todd on Strictly Come Dancing, ITV. Halie has also served as associate producer for Peaceful Lion Productions from 2002-present.


George C Francis

George trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2007 with a distinction in acting. He has performed in a wide variety of different productions. He recently played the title character in “Macbeth” and Malvolio in Twelfth Night for Purple Cast Productions. Other credits include, Ganya in “The Idiot”, Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale”, Ivan in “Ward no. 6” Benedick in “Much Adoo About Nothing”, Bobchinski in “The Government Inspector”, Bob in Cutlery Wars”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet”, Two runs of the children’s musical “You Beautiful Ewe”, The one man play “Vincent”, Lead Actor in “Six Characters in Search of an Author” The Beast in “Beauty and The Beast”, Benjamin in “Five Sides of a Circle” and Scrooge in “Grumpy Old Scrooge”. He has lead and facilitated workshops for young people, and people with special needs. He worked for Peaceful Lion as a production associate.

George began his career in Bergen, Norway where he performed in many productions in rep, touring shows, outdoor theatre, film and television. He played the title role in “Jeppe on the Hill”, Max in “Death and Dancing”, Presley in “A Pitchfork Disney”, Meursault in “The Stranger”, Billy Bartlett in “Up the Green Lift”, the lead role in Coffee Boy (A reworking of Doctor Faustus), Klang in “Pippi Longstocking”, The Evil Count in “Journey to the Christmas Star”, Kader in “The Brothers Lionheart”, A in “Spaghetti”, and the one man show “Cellar Monologue” which was written for him. He took the part of Blåfar in the theatrical version of the TV-series “Jul I Blåfjel.” George appeared in many outdoor productions, including Fjoldne in “Haakon den Gode” and several physical buffo productions for the acclaimed company Bergen Byspill. He performed in “A Clockwork Orange” and “Emperor and Galilean” for The National Stage in Bergen. He has appeared in many Norwegian short films, adverts and the feature film “Just Working”. He has experience of performance art, clowning and stand-up comedy. He is currently based in London.

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Together Halie and George have written, directed, produced and performed adaptations the African folktales “The Magician and the Sultan’s Son” and “The Ape, the Snake and the Lion” for Black History Month 2015 and were recommissioned to adapt, direct and perform “The Dancing Elephant” for Black History Month 2016. They performed, co-wrote and co-directed several historical productions including Lost Zoo and Back to the Green, the series of site-specific Animating History walking tours, Living Walworth, as well adapting co-directing directing and starring in Imagine That’s steampunk influenced production of The Tempest performed at Southwark Playhouse in 2015. A fantastical production that helped crystalize several aspects of our aesthetic. We co-founded and facilitated People’s Company with Southwark Playhouse, an over 25 theatre group for people to learn and explore theatre in a safe space. Halie and George where recruited by Rats with Wings for Les Musketeers du Trois, a physical theatre piece, featuring clowning, swashbuckling sword fights and absurdity. Helping in all aspects of the production from acting, design and production. We have performed entertainment for children at several one-off events for Cineworld, Nando’s and others. After a two-year collaboration as co-founding members with Imagine That, we decided to form A Wonderful Adventure to follow our hearts and focus fully on fantastical adventures, putting younger viewers at the forefront! Our first collaboration as a Wonderful Adventure was the Valentine’s Day promotional video #LoveVegas for Virgin Atlantic.

Shows

February 2018 to present

Toddler Time

Toddler Time Toddler Time Toddler Time Toddler Time Toddler Time

A series of children’s playlets followed by activities for Gambado, the UK’s ultimate indoor play and party centre.

April 2017

The Vintage and Antique Market

Vintage Market

Promenading and puppetry with ‪Gwendoline Gadget, Cornelius Figment and Dr Hoot (The Owl)!

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Wind in the Willows Wind in the Willows Wind in the Willows Wind in the Willows

Join Mole as the allure of spring beckons our friend on an adventure! Have fun boating on the river with Ratty, enter the worrying Wild Wood in search of Badger and meet the eccentric Mr Toad on the open road.

A story full of adventure, friendship and rip-roaring fun, "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame is a beloved classic for all ages.

In the words of Mr Grahame, himself “Take the adventure, heed the call” and come and see this charming tale brought to live!

December 2017

Tales of Christmas Past

Tales of Christmas Past Tales of Christmas Past Tales of Christmas Past Tales of Christmas Past Tales of Christmas Past

Tales of Christmas Past a Yuletide extravaganza featuring three traditional Christmas stories!

Old Father Christmas by Juliana Horatia Ewing: a beautiful tale about two children who meet an old man who resembles the painting of Old Father Christmas from their picture book. Could it really be him?

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore: This enchanting classic poem read by many the night before Christmas captures the special magic of the festive season.

A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, famous as the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, it has been called “one of Baum’s most beautiful stories.

These stories have been crafted into a dramatic performance with beautiful storytelling, puppetry and Christmas cheer for all the family!

October 2017

Spectres of Poeby Edgar Allan Poe

Spectres of Poe Spectres of Poe Spectres of Poe Spectres of Poe

Spectres of Poe reanimated three of Edgar Allan Poe's most thrilling tales! The Black Cat, The Fall of The House of Usher and The Raven where woven into a dramatic performance with eerie storytelling, puppetry and Gothic frights to fill you with 'fantastic terrors never felt before'.

Bespoke Adventures

Anything you can dream, given life by our imaginations! Together we will create A Wonderful Adventure!

Contact us for your wonderful adventure to begin!

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