Playground politics take centre stage in kids' theatre production Hush

This article is from 2013


credit: Elyse Marks

The first work from Moon Mission Theatre Company will play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

The first play from Moon Mission Theatre Company, Hush is a tale that all children can relate to. ‘The story is about playground politics,’ says Flemish writer and director Anne Stoffels. ‘It explores how a playground can be a great imaginative setting, but how it also can be quite a scary place.’

Influenced by Philippe Lechermeier’s The Secret Lives of Princesses and Belgium’s thriving theatre culture for young audiences, Hush tells the story of Princess, a little girl who convinces her friends Nosey and Chatterbox that she is real-life royalty. ‘Princess wants to cry herself a puddle of tears so she can escape reality,’ explains Stoffels. ‘When Chatterbox and Nosey get stuck in an underwater world beneath this puddle, she has to face reality in order to save them both.’

This imaginary world will be brought to life with the help of object and shadow puppetry. ‘It’s an intimate performance that asks the children to get involved in different sections of the play. For example, the children get “superspyingspy ears” and they’re invited to help Nosey find Princess’ secrets. It’s very colourful and imaginative.'

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 3–26 Aug (not 13), noon, £8–£9 (£6–£7). Previews 31 Jul–2 Aug, £5.

Hush Teaser


Moon Mission Theatre in association with Patch of Blue Theatre. Can you keep a secret? Nosey the Superspyingspy needs your help to catch all of Princess's secrets. Come and find out what she's hiding but be careful you don't fall into one of her giant puddles of tears! Intimate and interactive fun from MTM award-nominated…