946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice
Directed by Emma Rice
In association with Kneehigh and Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Main Season · Roda Theatre
December 2, 2016–January 15, 2017
American premiere

Running time: 2 hours, plus one 15-minute intermission

Kneehigh is back! The theatrical alchemists who brought us Tristan & Yseult and The Wild Bride return with a tender new coming-of-age tale that uncovers the secrets behind World War II’s D-Day landings. In the idyllic seaside village of Slapton, the lives of Lily, her family, and her fiercely independent cat Tips are barely touched by war…until American soldiers occupy their house and land. With swingin’ live music, enchanting puppetry, and signature stage sorcery, Emma Rice conjures a story of love, war, and prejudice that crosses borders both geographical and generational.

Creative team

Michael Morpurgo · Adaptor
Emma Rice · Director / Adaptor / Choreographer
Stu Barker · Composer
Etta Murfitt · Choreographer
Lez Brotherston · Set & Costume Design
Malcolm Rippeth · Lighting Design
Simon Baker · Sound Design
Sarah Wright · Puppet Director
Simon Harvey · Associate Director
Alex Shenton-Parkin · Associate Lighting Designer
Jay Jones · Associate Sound Designer
Aled William Thomas · Production Manager
Charlie Simpson · Sound Number One
Kate Foster · Company Stage Manager
Megan McClintock · Stage Manager
Pat Moran · Music Director
Paul Crewes · Original Producer
Sam Jones · Casting
Matilda James · Casting
Ed Parry · Original Costume Supervisor
Clare Ramsell · Original Costume Maker
Angelina Peroni · Original Costume Maker
Liz Vass · Original Prop Buyer
Lyndie Wright · Original Puppet Maker
Sarah Wright · Original Puppet Maker


Nandi Bhebhe · Tips the Cat / Harry
Seamas Carey · Musician
Emma Darlow · Madame Bounine
Ncuti Gatwa · Adi
Kyla Goodey · Lily’s Mum
Chris Jared · Grandad Present / Vicar / Lily’s Dad
Pat Moran · Music Director / Musician
Katy Owen · Lily Tregenza
Mike Shepherd · Grandma Present / Grandad Past
Adam Sopp · Boowie / Barry
Akpore Uzoh · Blues Man / Old Adi
Ewan Wardrop · Lord Something-or-Other / Mrs Turner

An effervescent holiday treat…The details continually delight…The endlessly inventive ensemble kicks up its heels spinning a forgotten but true story of the D-Day landings with its signature high-spirited mix of puppetry, dance and beguiling low-tech ingenuity…Certainly the song and dance numbers, anchored by the Blues Man (the electric Akpore Uzoh) are a hoot…The last moments, a breezy lesson in how to jump and jive, are guaranteed to make you smile, and there’s something quite joyous about that.”

Mercury News / Bay Area News Group

If you’re looking to induce an ‘aww’ from your theater audiences, it’d be hard to engineer a surer premise than that of Berkeley Rep’s latest…What distinguishes the company is its lavish, inventive theatricality, the way it tells stories, summons deep feeling, using tools that are simple yet vibrant, striking and, most important, so much more than just text: an artfully inserted song, a puppet that pops in, seemingly by magic.”

San Francisco Chronicle

[Emma] Rice is one of those directors whose vision and energy and good taste in actors, designers and music makes you want to experience everything she does…Why is there a band and a blues singer (Akpore Uzoh) presiding over this war story full of puppets (sheep! chickens! a boy playing with a soccer ball!), adults playing children and small-town life mashed up with large-scale tragedy? Because this is a Kneehigh show, and a band adds bounce and humor and fire and, on occasion, a tender moment…[Emma] Rice directs with her customary brilliance and attention to detail, and her ensemble is as endearing as it is energetic…There’s still an awful lot of good stuff here. War may be hell, but as seen through the Kneehigh prism, it’s full of sweet fun, fun for all ages.”

Theater Dogs

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Official trailer: 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Get a sneak peek at Kneehigh’s latest show, perfect for the whole family.

“Just magical”

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946: Special stop-motion animation

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Behind the scenes: Puppet rehearsal

Kneehigh lets us in on a puppet rehearsal for 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.

Behind the scenes: Dance rehearsal

Kneehigh lets us in on a dance rehearsal for 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.

Teaser: 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Kneehigh returns with this swingin’ WWII-themed show for the whole family.

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