Written and Directed by Danielle Slade
Peformed by Charlotte Ryder
Puppet made by Georgia Hill
Produced by Susan Mulholland

Neighbourhood Events
Commissioned by Northern Stage as part of Out On The Toon

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Orville The Owl, the littlest owl in Chestnut Forest, is about to embark on his first flight.

His feathers are prepped, his hoot hoot is tuneful, but there seems to be a small problem… Orville is scared. Of the dark. Of the light. Of going outside. Of … well, everything.

This is a job for Edwina, the forest’s one and only member of the owl appreciation society. Edwina hopes to help Orville overcome his worries and fears of what the big wide world may hold and help him soar. We’re inviting young children to help Orville on his way this summer. 

Join us at Bill Quay Farm this summer for a special little story about the big wide world.

Content advice: deals gently with anxiety

Age recommendation: children aged 3-5 years (and their grown ups)

Time and Location

Bill Quay Farm, Gateshead, NE10 0UE

23rd June 2021 - 10:30 - 14:00

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Artist Biographies

Danielle Slade is a children's playwright and writing facilitator living and working in Northumberland. She is particularly interested in using her work to address issues of mental health in children. Her first play Melva had a very successful schools tour in 2019 and has been filmed by Mortal Fools for an online platform where the show has also been reimagined as a gaming resource. Danielle was recently successful in winning The Word's WRITE FESTIVAL competition resulting in her play for under 6s, Peggy Pearpot, being produced by the Customs House South Shields later this year and she has also been awarded her second grant by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation to develop a new Christmas Show for 7-11 year olds. Danielle has also worked as a freelance facilitator for New Writing North and Northern Stage (Open Stages, Summer School) for the last ten years.

Charlotte Ryder is a professional actor/VOA, theatre director and writer who began her career in the arts industry at the age of eight years old working as an actor for various Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice productions touring the North of England. Charlotte has since worked as an actor on various theatre, film and television productions including a National tour of Northern Stage’s The War Of The Worlds (for which she was a finalist for ‘Best Performance’ in The Journal Culture Awards 2019), as well as sketches for North East Comedy Hot House with Channel 4. Charlotte has worked on several productions for children and young audiences in recent years, including playing the role of Ro in Susan Mulholland's under 7's Christmas show One More Sleep with Durham Gala in 2019. During lockdown she has kept young audiences entertained by reading stories online including The Story Of Doctor Dolittle and The Velveteen Rabbit for DDC Digital Library.

Susan Mulholland is a writer and creative producer with over twenty years experience in the North East’s theatre community. Her own writing is largely focused on work for very young children and she has written for Gala, Durham and Northern Stage. She also supports other writers and theatre companies in her role as dramaturge. Susan also has written for outdoor events so recognises both the opportunities and challenges that such settings bring. For Enchanted Parks she created a world and a story for visual artists to respond to and then created a narrative through-line which guided the audience on a route through the park. It was also populated with twenty character guides for whom she created individual backstories, equipping them to interact with the audience.


BSL Signed Performance logo BSL signed performances Each performance will be BSL interpreted by Caroline Ryan.

Accessible for pushchairs (some uneven ground in the forest area).

Neighbourhood Events

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we're inviting you to get Out on the Toon this summer, starting with a series of free outdoor events to reconnect artists and audiences in their local neighbourhoods throughout June.

10 North East theatre makers have been selected to create work in 9 of our region’s 12 local authorities, breathing new life into the places and spaces that have been the backdrop to their lockdown, celebrating the diversity of our region and bringing communities together through immersive live performances, dance, story trails, short stories, films, live music and spoken word.

See what's happening at the other Neighbourhood Events here - we hope to see you Out on the Toon soon!