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Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore 12 - 26 Apr 2017

Join us as we head to the seaside this Easter in a joyful theatre show that children and grown ups will love.

It's not what you say, it's how you say it in this “stupidly lovely show… that offers a child’s eye view of the world and all its mysteries” (The Guardian), for ages 3+ from the Unicorn Theatre in London.

Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore are at the seaside. “They have a towel, an inflatable ball, a picnic and three contrasting temperaments” (Time Out). Things happen – Hartleby spends a lot of time being bossy and trying to find the perfect spot. Oooglemore does some crazy dancing, shows off a bit, hits the shuttlecock too hard, loses it, spoils the game. Hartleby goes off in a huff. Jeramee makes it all OK.

Revelling in delightful innocence and glorious stupidity, Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore is a surprising and surreal encounter with three people who have a lot to say but only three words with which to say it.

The Unicorn is the UK's leading professional theatre for young audiences, dedicated to inspiring and invigorating young people of all ages, perspectives and abilities, and empowering them to explore the world – on their own terms – through theatre.

Director Tim Couch talks about the show...

“Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore is about trying to come to grips with the complexities of the world and having very few words with which to do it. That’s a pretty clear state for a 3 or 4 year-old or even someone my age really.

When I first read this play I was just aware of the hugeness of it, the scale of what it communicates. There’s a huge amount in it about status, about how we coexist, how we get on with our friends and siblings or mates that we sometimes hate and have difficulties with, and sometimes can’t be without. It is a joyous play, a play in the true spirit of the word ‘play’ - it’s not a piece of literature but a piece of live theatre and with that kind of clowning you always play off the audience. They affect, infect and influence what you do, and you have that same effect on them. Above all else, this is a really funny play, unlike any other play I know.”

You can hear more from Tim talking about the show here: {video_1}

Relaxed Performance...

There will be a relaxed performance of Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore on Tue 25 April at 12.30pm. Relaxed performances are aimed at families or school groups with children who are on the autism spectrum or those who have sensory sensitivities. This will be a relaxed performance, that will be tailored for the comfort of your child. The sound will be at a lower volume and the lights will be dimmed rather than completely dark, we will warn you of any loud noises and we will have a special chill-out area where your child can relax.

An information pack, with photographs and a synopsis of the play which may assist your child to prepare for the performance can be downloaded here.

For further information please contact The Ark on (01) 670 7788 or

Curricular Links...

Attending and reflecting on theatre performances with your class will explore many of the key strands of the Drama and English curricula, particularly in relation to: examining the relationship between story, theme and life experience; using insights arising out of dramatic action to draw conclusions about life and people; receptiveness to language; competence and confidence in using language; emotional and imaginative development through language; reflection on drama and listening and responding.