The home of Annabelle the tiny elephant and Icarus the moth
Annabelle's Skirting Board Adventure!
The new live show for younger children by Howard Read, creator of Little Howard, co-created and with music by Steve Pretty.
As well as creating and starring in three series of CBBC's factual comedy show Litlte Howard's Big Question Howard Read also writes for Horrible Histories, Gigglebiz, The Furchester Hotel and Danger Mouse.
Steve Pretty is the musical director of Robin Ince's Christmas shows and the Hackney Colliery Band.
Annabelle's Skirtingboard Adventure is made with help from Arts Council England.
11.30am Friday 7th - Sunday 30th August, Just The Tonic at the Community Project (Venue 27th) at
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Reviews for Annabelle's Skirting Board Adventure
"Kids loved the interaction with the cast... An exciting elephantastic adventure for young and older kids!"
Famillies Online Edinburgh
"Rather beautifully perched in the bracket of being fun for all ages, including all the parents and carers, it’s a show which is unlikely to be outdone on originality anywhere else on the Fringe."
David Pollock, The Scotsman
"Wonderfully inventive show... all very silly, very funny and very clever. Younger children may not get all the jokes, but there’s more than enough to keep them occupied visually – and there’s no shortage of fun for grown-ups, either."
Kelly Apter, The List
"This collaboration uses music, visual comedy, and plenty of all round silliness to tell a sweet little tale of the sorts of adventure you can get up to when climbing a couple of children’s back-packs is a major feat!"
"This interactive kids show has a simple concept delivered by performer, storyteller, camera, trumpet and ukelele for a multi-artform treat... Megan was so impressed that she attempted to get to the stage a few times in her keenness to get involved,"
"Hilarious family comedy for everyone"
"My 3 year old loved it and even my 15 month old grooved along to the music. This is a very clever show full of music, fun, audience participation, and the story is simple but utterly charming. The performers are class acts. Everyone will enjoy the show."
"Fab, my not quite 3 year old son sat still, enthralled by the whole thing, and enjoyed clapping along too. A charming show for his first fringe experience. And funny for the adults too. What more could you want?"
"Fantastic show for kids. Our 3 year old had a brilliant time and loved the interaction with the cast and the animation. Really recommend the show and adults will be laughing throughout!"
"Brilliantly hilarious family show. Our 3 year old loved it as did the rest of the family. Great jokes and engaging performers together with brilliant animation helped bring the story to life. I laughed so much I had to take my glasses off and praise doesn't come much higher. Five stars!"
My 4 year old and 2.5 year old thoroughly enjoyed this show - both sat still throughout which says a lot! Great mix of animation, music, audience participation (but not too much) and humour. Excellent performances. Glad we went to see it.
Very smart and funny show. Original. Mixture of theatre, animation, story telling and comedy. Our 4 and 5 year olds had a great time (as did we). Definitely recommend.
My 6yo and 8yo loved this show. They were transfixed by Annbelle's adventures and the magic of being able to see her only using the special cameras. The story is both hilarious and heartwarming, and it's all brought to life with the clever animation and great performances by the cast. This is a show that clearly knows how to entertain kids and does it superbly well. We're still singing the songs weeks later and talking about what a great time we all had.
Brand New Show For Kids!
Howard is touring a brand new Stand-up show for Kids called Big Howard's LOL-tastic Yukfest for Kids and Well Trained Adults! It will be a combination of stand-up, songs, animation and other stupid things. Tour dates below!
We're still also touring Little Howard's Big Show For Kids and Annabelle's Skirting Board Adventure and Little Howard And The Magic Pencil Of Life And Death!
Brand New Show For Adults!
Howard is started to preview a brand new Big Howard Little Howard show for adults! The first since 2005! It's called Big Howard Little Howard: Man & Boy. We're hoping to take it to the Fringe! Watch this space for more previews!
For Howard's straight stand-up shows please visit howardread.com
2pm, Saturday 14th January, Comedy Club 4 Kids, The Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford tickets
Tuesday 17th January, Big Howard Little Howard at Altered Feast Cabaret,(adult stand-up set) The Bird Cage, Norwich, tickets
8pm, Wednesday 18th January, Big Howard Little Howard at Comedy At The Hippodrome (adult stand-up set), Leicester Square, London tickets
Saturday 28th January, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Brixton, tickets
11am & 2.30pm, Sunday 29th January, Little Howard And The Magic Pencil Of Life And Death, The Mac, Birmingham, tickets
A clip from Little Howard And the Magic Pencil Of Life And Death
3pm, Sunday 5th February, Big Howard’s LOLtastic Yukfest for Kids and Well Trained Adults, our BRAND NEW SHOW FOR FAMILIES, The Chelsea Theatre, tickets available soon
6.15pm, Friday 10th February, Big Howard Little Howard: Man and Boy, our BRAND NEW show for adults, The Small Room, Just The Tonic at Hansom Hall, Leicester Comedy Festival, tickets
6pm, Saturday 11th February, Big Howard’s LOL-tastic Yukfest for Kids and Well-Trained Adults, The Pegasus, Oxford, tickets
3pm, Sunday 12th February, Big Howard’s LOLtastic Yukfest for Kids and Well Trained Adults, Waterman’s Arts Centre, Brentford, tickets
2pm, Saturday 18th February, Little Howard’s Big Show For Kids, The Coro, Ulverston, tickets
2pm, Monday 20th February, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Southampton, tickets
1pm & 3pm, Saturday 24th February, Big Howard’s LOLtastic Yukfest for Kids and Well Trained Adults, Canada Water Cultural Space, London, tickets
11am Saturday 4th March, Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ispwich, tickets
A film about Annabelle's Skirting Board Adventures
2pm, Saturday 18th March, Little Howard’s Big Show For Kids, Watford Palace Theatre, tickets
A clip from Little Howard's Big Show For Kids
2pm, Saturday 1st April, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Barnsley Civic, tickets
2pm, Sunday 9th April, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Swindon Arts Centre, tickets
2pm, Monday 10th April, Little Howard And The Magic Pencil Of Life And Death, The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, tickets
Monday 10th April, Big Howard Little Howard: Man and Boy, our BRAND NEW show for adults, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea, tickets
2pm, Thursday 13th April, Comedy Club 4 Kids, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, tickets
2pm, Saturday 22nd April, Big Howard’s LOLtastic Yukfest for Kids and Well Trained Adults, The Beggars Theatre, Millom, tickets
8pm, Friday 28th April, Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club, Dorking Halls, tickets
2pm, Saturday 29th April, Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure, The Artrix, Bromsgrove, tickets
May (so far - more to come)
6th May - Little Howard’s Big Show For Kids, Dartmouth, tickets on sale soon
2pm, Saturday 13th May, Comedy Club 4 Kids, The Guildhall Theatre, Derby, tickets
2pm, Saturday 27th May, Big Howard’s LOLtastic Yukfest for Kids and Well-Trained Adults, The Mac, Birmingham, tickets
Steve The Storyteller's Van Breaks down...
Steve The Story Teller, who's in our show didn't have a very lucky trip up to the Edinburgh Fringe. This happened.
His lovely camper van broke down! But even worse it had EVERYTHING FROM ARTHUR'S HOUSE IN IT!
Luckily it broke down in Darlington, so Icarus (who got left in Darlington when he got distracted and flew out of the train) made sure he followed them so they got to Edinburgh safely!
We're all safely in Edinburgh now, and it's our FIRST SHOW TOMORROW! I hope you can come. You can buy tickets here
Annabelle and Icarus get the train to the Edinburgh Fringe! 3rd August 2015
To start off with Annabelle and Icarus may have over-packed...
But luckily Arthur was there to carry it all. Unfortunately Icarus couldn't wait for the buffet car and started eating Arthur's jumper!!!
So Arthur said they should perhaps get some lunch. Annabelle chose the Lemon Cake and Icarus ate a seat cushion, which apparently wasn't on the menu...
And the nice people at Virgin Trains East Coast even put Icarus on the next train when he got distracted and flew out of the doors early at Darlington!
Tomorrow we'll tell you how the show's set wasn't as lucky with their travel arrangements!
Annabelle Visits Edinburgh Botanical Gardens
Annabelle's been to the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens preparing for her run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!
Here she is sneaking up on an ant (she's really very small you know!)
Here she is getting stuck on a lily pad - please help her Icarus!
And here's Annabelle looking into a massive flower. I hope she doesn't get hayfever. She's only very small but her sneezes are VERY powerful.
Annabelle meet's Greyfriar's Bobby! 29 July 2015
Annabelle is busy getting ready for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She's going to be at a Venue called Just The Tonic At The Community Project, which is just the right size for tiny elephants, just down from the statue of Greyfriar's Bobby, another very brave, very determined little Animal.
A picture of Annabelle and Icarus inspecting Greyfriar's Bobby.
Annabelle at The Udderbelly Festival! 19th July 2015
Arthur made a film about how we make our show for the Udderbelly Festival. Here it is!
Annabelle Hits Harlow! 13th June 2015
Annabelle and Icarus visited The Harlow Playhouse today and Arthur took these photos of her and Icarus.
Arthur found Annabelle on the floor...
And then nearly ate her in a cucumber sandwich! And then he fell asleep.
Next up The Udderbelly Festival!
Annabelle's coming to the Udderbelly! June 2015
And here's a film all about it!
How To Speak Trumpish! May 2015