Project Description

Three Sisters get taken over by their brother’s new wife in a puppet-packed reworking of Anton Chekhov’s Russian classic.

Hit The Baby, Natasha! Poster

HIT THE BABY, NATASHA!

A LITTLE EARTHQUAKE PRODUCTION

Originally produced by
THE HAPPINESS PATROL

The creation of Hit The Baby, Natasha! was funded by
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

And supported by
STAN’S CAFE & A. E. HARRIS

Set materials were supplied by
PATTERNS (DERBY) LTD

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Dark clouds are gathering for three sophisticated sisters.

Their brother is about to do a terrible thing.

He is getting married to one of the servants: the woman who used to make their tea.

How will the family cope when Natasha comes up from below stairs?

When Three Sisters suddenly become four?

And what saucy secrets is Natasha hiding under that long fur coat?

Little Earthquake transforms Chekhov’s Russian classic into an exciting and imaginative one-hour show, where puppets tap their tiny feet to the songs of Sandie Shaw and where, if you’re very lucky, you might even get a delicious piece of birthday cake to take home!

CAST (in order of appearance)

Natasha | Catherine Boot
Olga | Laura Ellison
Andrei | Daniel Handscomb
Masha | Hannah O’Leary
Irina | Natalie Wilson

Voice of Natasha’s Father | Ian Craddock
Voice of Mishka | Joanne Moseley
Voice of Grishka | Darren Perry

MUSICIANS

Cello | Laura Williams
Piano | Richard Ampadu
Violin | Sudeshna Chakravarty
Trumpet | Al Nunn

CREATIVE TEAM

Writer & Director | Philip Holyman
Puppet Design & Construction | Caroline McDowell
Additional Puppet Design | Olly Shapley and The Sisters Dolby
Lighting Design | Gareth Nicholls
Set Design & Construction | Nicholas Nicholls
Props and puppet costumes | The Sisters Dolby
Costume | Ruth Bagnall for Costumia
Music & Sound Design | Matthew Holland
Sound Engineer | Marcin Bobkoyski
Press Liaison | Vicky Price
Chekhov Consultant | Dr. Rose Whyman at the University of Birmingham
Violin tutor to Mr Handscomb | Erica Reed

FOR LITTLE EARTHQUAKE

Co-Directors | Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman