Travelling Light presents the World premiere of The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby and Dingan at Bath’s egg theatre on Friday 12th October and Saturday 13th October prior to touring to London and theatres around the UK. Suitable for ages 9 and over, this enchanting and heartbreaking story is adapted from Ben Rice’s novella Pobby and Dingan by award‐winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. The production is directed by regular Travelling Light and egg theatre performer and director, Craig Edwards.
The story is set in a very particular community in a very particular part of the world – Lightning Ridge, an opal-mining town in New South Wales, Australia, and tells the tale of how one boy’s mission to save his family unites a disparate community in ways no‐one could ever have imagined.
Pobby and Dingan are Kellyanne Williamson’s best friends; maybe her only friends, and only she can see them. Kellyanne’s brother, Ashmol, can’t see them and doesn’t believe they exist anywhere but in Kellyanne’s immature imagination. Only when Pobby and Dingan disappear and Kellyanne becomes heartsick over their loss does Ashmol realise that not only must he believe in Pobby and Dingan, he must convince others to believe in them, too.
Travelling Light return to the egg theatre with their trademark style of magical and visual storytelling, live music and multiple role‐playing to present what is at once a beautifully rendered narrative of childhood loss and a powerfully simple fable about the necessity of imagination.
Talking about directing the work Craig Edwards said: “Pobby and Dingan is a story that will make you laugh, that will move you and it is a story that you will remember for a long, long time. I can’t wait to see it with an audience experiencing this story for the first time.”
Based in Bristol, Craig Edwards has directed many productions including Six Wives of Henry VIII at Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Mother Savage for Travelling Light. In Bath he directed Storm on the Lawn’s 2006 production of Romeo & Juliet, and he has performed at the egg theatre many times, including starring as Phileas Fogg in the egg’s 2009 Christmas show Around the World in 80 Days. He appeared in the lead role in Lenny for Travelling Light; the title role in a new adaptation of The Ugly Duckling at The Tobacco Factory; and played Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Theatre Royal Bath’s 2008 Shakespeare Unplugged Festival.
Vic Llewellyn plays the role of Ashmol and Jordan Whyte appears as Kellyanne. Composer Sarah Moody has worked for over fifteen years as a musician, musical director and composer with theatre companies including Kneehigh, the Theatre Royal Bath and Travelling Light. Musician Ron Phelan, who hails from Dublin, also make a welcome return to the egg theatre following his work on Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Nutcracker and The French Detective and the Blue Dog.
Travelling Light Theatre has been creating exciting and inspiring theatre for young people for 25 years from its base in Bristol. Most performances are given in national theatre venues to family audiences, but the company also tours to local schools and community venues, and to festivals in Britain, Europe and beyond.
The mysterious vanishment of pobby and Dingan appears in the egg theatre at the Theatre Royal Bath on Friday 12th October and Saturday 13th October. To book tickets call the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 or the egg reception on 01225 823 409 or book online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk