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Our Teacher’s a Troll
Illustration by Chris Riddell
Washington Arts Centre
Saturday 24 October 2015

An outrageously entertaining and deliciously dark tale from the writer of the west end hit Matilda the Musical comes to Arts Centre Washington this October.
Photo by Richard Davenport
Our Teacher’s a Troll, an outrageously entertaining and deliciously dark tale from the writer of West Endhit Matilda the Musical, comes to Arts Centre Washington on Saturday 24 October as part of a national tour.

Photo by Richard Davenport
Two terrible twins with a talent for turmoil rule their school with terror and tyranny. That is, until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp gnarly fangs, and a long spiky tail…

Can the twins save the school from the child-eating Troll? Can they get Brussels sprouts in peanut butter taken off the lunch menu? And most importantly, can naughtiness prevail? Come and find out and be outrageously entertained!

Photo by Richard Davenport
From Dennis Kelly, the writer of award-winning West End show Matilda the Musical, this is an exciting collaboration between Paines Plough and Half Moon Theatre, fresh from its success this summer at London’s Southbank Centre, Brighton Festival and Edinburgh Fringe 2015.

The colourfully comic show for ages 7+ and their accompanying trolls (or parents) features actors Sian Reese-Williams (Genesis Walker in Emmerdale) and Abdul Salis (Curtis Cooper on Casualty, Doctor Who, Love Actually, National Theatre production of War Horse).

Chris Riddell, who was recently appointed the next Children’s Laureate, drew the distinctive Troll illustration for the show’s publicity, which has already sparked the imaginations of young audiences.

Photo by Richard Davenport
Chris Elwell, Director of Half Moon commented: “We’re thrilled to be working with Paines Plough on this exciting national tour of Our Teacher’s a Troll, by the darkly humorous writer Dennis Kelly. It’s a show that celebrates the rebellious potential of children, and how they can be empowered to change the world, and we look forward to entertaining audiences across the country with this witty, theatrical treat. Prepare to let your imaginations run wild!”


Sian Reese-Williams
Abdul Salis


Writer:                           Dennis Kelly
Direction:                     George Perrin
Design:                         Lucy Osborne
Lighting:                       Emma Chapman
Sound:                          Tom Gibbons
Original Music:             Dom Kennedy
Movement:                 Kate Sagovsky
Associate Sound:       Dom Kennedy
Creative Consultant: Chris Elwell

On The Web
Twitter: @PainesPlough

A Paines Plough and Half Moon production
Our Teacher’s a Troll
By Dennis Kelly

Our Teacher is a Troll, is on at Arts Centre
Washington on Saturday 24 October at 11am + 2pm.  Tickets are £6 or £20 for a family (admits 4) and can be booked online at by calling 0191 219 3455. 


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Wed 16–Sun 20 September – Roundabout @ The Lowry, Salford
Wed 23–Sun 27 September – Roundabout @ Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Wed 30 Sep-Sun 4 October – Roundabout @ Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Wed 7–Sun 11 October – Roundabout @ Theatre Royal, Margate
Wed 14–Sun 18 October – Roundabout @ Appetite, Stoke-on-Trent
Wed 21 -Fri 23 October – TakeOff Festival, County Durham
Sat 24 October – Arts Centre Washington, Tyne & Wear
Sun 25 October - Old Fire Station, Carlisle
Tue 27 October – Brewhouse, Burton
Wed 28 October – Derby Theatre
Thu 29 October – Nottingham Lakeside Arts
Fri 30 October – Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Sat 31 October – The Castle, Wellingborough
Mon 2 – Thu 5 November – Half Moon Theatre, London E1
Fri 6 November – Tarvin Community Centre, Tarvin, Chester
Sat 7 November - Whitby Hall, Action Transport Theatre, Ellesmere Port
Sun 8 November – Z-arts, Manchester
Tue 10 November – South HollandCentre, Spalding
Wed 11 November – Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton
Thu 12 – Sat 14 November – the egg, Bath
Sun 15 November – The North Wall, Oxford

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