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Horrible Harriet by Leigh Hobbs (NSW, Australia)


5 Jun - 15 Dec 2017

Short Synopsis

CDP is pleased to offer this premiere stage adaptation for children 3-8 of Leigh Hobbs' much loved Horrible Harriet books, featuring a special appearance by his most popular new character Mr Chicken.

Leigh Hobbs - just announced as Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-17 - is an Australian author and artist best known for his children’s book characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Mr Chicken and Mr Badger. Mr Chicken Goes to Paris is the only Australian book ever to be sold in the Louvre!

Leigh's books are very strong sellers throughout Australia, and are loved by children and adults alike. Early childhood workers, teachers and librarians are big fans of his work, which is frequently used within pre-schools and schools. His books also attract strong international audiences, and have been adapted for stage and television.

Horrible Harriet (the first book in the series) alone has sold more than 100,000 copies in Australia. Leigh has been nominated for a host of Children's Book awards, and is a very popular regular at Writers' Festivals throughout Australia.

CDP is offering Horrible Harriet (featuring a special appearance by Mr Chicken!) for touring in 2017, following its Sydney Opera House premiere.

Look out! Here comes Horrible Harriet. She’s wicked, wild and wonderful!

Horrible Harriet lives in a nest on the roof of her school, and keeps teachers chained in the cellar to do her homework. The other children call her the school freak, but all Harriet really wants is a friend. And then Mr Chicken comes along. The fact that Mr Chicken terrorises the entire school doesn't matter a jot, as Horrible Harriet knows how to handle him and thereby become popular at last... for the afternoon, at least... 

Director Liesel Badorrek (The 26-Storey Treehouse, The 52-Storey Treehouse), playwright Maryam Master (The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Mr Stink) and a cast of three bring Harriet's search for identity and friendship to life on stage with songs, laughs, scary fun... and not least Mr Chicken himself!

Written By
Maryam Master, based on the book by Leigh Hobbs
Directed By
Liesel Badorrek
Designed By
Mark Thompson
Availability Status
Still in pre-production
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