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Fans of A Bottle of Happiness will be delighted to hear that this fabulous story is coming to Hay Festival this year as a wonderful puppetry performance! A Bottle of Happiness is a modern fable about a boy and his dog that explores the value of possessions against values of friendship and fun! We’re very lucky that this is the second year in a row that this team have chosen to adapt one of our books. Last year they also adapted The Little Black Fish for Hay Festival. Director Gillian Hipp wrote a blog about how the show is progressing. Read it below!



The beautiful puppet representing Pim the dog

This year’s Hay Festival project will again be created in collaboration with Tiny Owl Publishing. The publishing company have shared their book ‘A Bottle of Happiness’ written by Pippa Goodhart and inspiring illustrations by Ahsan Abdollahi with us to develop a children’s theatre performance that will be performed at the Hay Festival on 29th May 2019 in the Starlight tent (tickets to go on sale soon).

To create the performance the BA Performing Arts team, has teamed up with Artistic Director – Claire Coache – from Open Sky Theatre. Claire will be offering the Performing Arts students advice, feedback and direction throughout the development of the ‘Bottle of Happiness’ production.

We have also teamed up with Contemporary Design Craft student Lilly Rishworth-Huppert to create a puppet and Ferel Smith to create the set.

Performers in The Little Black Fish- Hay Festival- 2018.

Lilly has already been working hard on her dog puppet design, which will represent Pim in the performance.

And she has kept us up-to-date with her progress – from the moulding of the head of Pim to the decorating of Pim, which has been heavily inspired by Abdollahi’s illustrations.

Music students are also collaborators on the project and we are hoping for live music to be taking place during the performance.

For our first rehearsal and development day we have Frantic Assembly running a full day workshop for movement inspiration that will feed into the project.

  • A Bottle of Happiness longlisted for 2018 UKLA Book Awards
  • A Bottle of Happiness among the best books of the year by the Sunday Times. Link
  • Read about Gillian’s previous production of The Little Black Fish

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