Sherman Theatre

The Borrowers


25 November - 31 December 2016


£15 - £25
Previews: £12 - £20
Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price
Schools price: £8 (1 teacher per 10 pupils goes free)

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By Mary Norton

For ages 7+
Main House

Running time: 2 hours, including interval

Dementia friendly performance - 1 Dec, 2.00pm
Captioned performance - 17 Dec, 2.00pm
Relaxed performance - 30 Dec, 2.00pm

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"I saw the world beyond our world beneath the floorboards. I never forgot and in my heart, I swore one day I would return."

This Christmas the Sherman takes you on another musical family adventure with The Borrowers.

Discover the secret world of Pod, Homily and Arrietty, whose lives are turned upside down by a dangerous encounter ‘above the floorboards’.

Size doesn’t stop this little family with a big heart. Hide from the ‘Human Beans’, battle with wasps and go on a magical journey that shows the littlest of people can make a big difference.

Following the sell-out success of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in 2015, this year another family classic will be brought to life with the Sherman’s Christmas sparkle.  



Once again we've teamed up with Santa to spread a little Christmas magic and bring you personalised Santa letters. Find out more here.



Show Times

Friday 25 7.00pm Preview
Monday 28 2.00pm Preview
Tuesday 29 10.30am Preview
Tuesday 29 7.00pm  
Wednesday 30 2.00pm  
Thursday 1 10.30am  
Thursday 1 2.00pm Dementia Friendly Performance
Friday 2 10.30am  
Saturday 3 7.00pm  
Monday 5 10.30am Limited Availability
Tuesday 6 10.30am  
Wednesday 7 10.30am Limited Availability
Thursday 8 10.30am Limited Availability
Thursday 8 2.00pm  
Friday 9 10.30am Limited Availability
Saturday 10 2.00pm  
Saturday 10 7.00pm  
Monday 12 2.00pm  
Tuesday 13 10.30am Limited Availability
Tuesday 13 2.00pm  
Wednesday 14 10.30am Limited Availability
Thursday 15 10.30am Limited Availability
Thursday 15 2.00pm Limited Availability
Friday 16 10.30am Limited Availability
Saturday 17 2.00pm Captioned
Limited Availability
Monday 19 7.00pm  
Tuesday 20 2.00pm Limited Availability
Wednesday 21 2.00pm  
Wednesday 21 7.00pm  
Thursday 22 2.00pm  
Friday 23 2.00pm  
Friday 23 7.00pm  
Saturday 24 4.00pm Limited Availability
Wednesday 28 7.00pm  
Thursday 29 2.00pm  
Thursday 29 7.00pm  
Friday 30 (Relaxed) 2.00pm  
Friday 30 7.00pm  
Saturday 31 4.00pm  


★★★★★ "The Borrowers may be tiny, but they certainly provide a big-hearted adventure for a thrilled family audience." South Wales Echo.

★★★★ “Curiously beautiful”  The Stage

★★★★ “A technical triumph... Resonates with children and adults alike” WhatsOnStage

"A highly enjoyable two-hour adventure." British Theatre Guide

"A huge chocolate box of fun and magic" Theatre in Wales

“A must-see play this Christmas” Quench Media

“If you only see one show, make it this one this Christmas.” We Made This Life Blog

Cast & Team

Kezrena James Arrietty

Cait Davis Homily

Harvey Virdi Mrs Driver / Aunt Lupy / Wasp

Keiron Self Pod

Joseph Tweedale Crampfurl / Spiller / Moth

Huw Blainey Boy / Cricket / Uncle Hendreary

Dom Coyote Gypsy Boy

By Mary Norton

Adaptation by Charles Way

Director Amy Leach

Designer Hayley Grindle

Composer and Musical Director Dom Coyote

Sound Designer Ian Barnard

Lighting Designer James Whiteside

Assistant Director Elvi Piper (Supported by The Garrick Charitable Trust).



Theatre: The Snow Queen (Theatre by the Lake); The Borrowers (New Vic Theatre); Macbyrd (The Rude Mechanical
Theatre Company); Lleuad yn Olau (Cwmni Arad Goch); The Blue Bird (Living Pictures); The Shed (RCT Theatres).
TV: Gwaith/Cartref (Fiction Factory Films).


Theatre: The Twits (Royal Court); One Minute (Delirium); The Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Wolves in the
Walls (National Theatre of Scotland); Measure for Measure (Complicité/RNT); Fermentation and Those Eyes, That Mouth
(Grid Iron); Top Girls (Citizens); The Chimp that Spoke and Mosquito Coast (David Glass Ensemble); Pool (No Water), Dirty Wonderland, Sell Out, Zero, Flesh and Klub (Frantic Assembly).


Theatre: Primetime and The Faith Machine (Royal Court); From Morning To Midnight (National Theatre); Macbeth, Comedy of Errors and The Secret Garden (Chester Performs); The Winter’s Tale (Open Air Regent’s Park); Sleeping Beauty (Bristol Old Vic); Arabian Nights (The Lowry); Clytemnestra (Sherman Theatre).
TV: Ordinary Lies 2 (BBC1); Being Human (BBC3); Parch (S4C); Doctors and Tracy Beaker (BBC); Crash (BBC Wales).


Theatre: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Arabian Nights (Sherman Theatre); Still Life, Dangerous Liaisons, Hamlet and Henry V (Mappa Mundi); Bedroom Farce and Neville’s Island (Black Rat); A History of Falling Things (New Vic Theatre); Love and Money (Waking Exploits); Fear of Drowning (Black Sheep); Copenhagen (Theatr Cadair).
TV: The Mimic (Channel 4); High Hopes, Lucky Bag, Crash and Casualty (BBC Wales); My Family, Tracy Beaker and Still Open all Hours. (BBC).


Theatre: Barnbow Canaries (West Yorkshire Playhouse); My Mouth Brought Me Here (3 Crate Productions); Samaritans Can I Help You? (Stonecrabs Theatre Company); UKIP! The Musical (Hellbent Theatre); The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Sherman Theatre); Brief Encounter (Torch Theatre Company); The Tempest and Alice Through The Looking Glass (Quantum Theatre).
Voice work: Country Strife: Abz on the Farm (BBC2).


Theatre: Twelve (Kali Theatre); The Arabian Nights and The Roaring Girls Season (RSC); The Misanthrope (Liverpool Playhouse/ETT); Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre); Tales From Harrow Road (Soho Theatre); Rafta Rafta (Bolton Octagon); Volpone, Dr Faustus, Duchess Of Malfi and School for Scandal (Greenwich Theatre); England People Very Nice and Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); Twelfth Night (West End); Higra (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
TV: Class Dismissed (CBBC); Lucky Man II (Sky); Not Going Out and Citizen Khan (BBC); The Windsors (C4).




Amy is a freelance director and loves creating work for family audiences. She has directed for theatres across the UK
including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; The Unicorn, London; Library Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester; The Dukes, Lancaster and The Egg, Bath. As well as The Borrowers, Amy is directing Wonderman for GaggleBabble, National Theatre Wales & Wales Millennium Centre, and Romeo & Juliet for West Yorkshire Playhouse.


Charles specialises in work for young people and has won several major awards including The Children’s Award for Red, Red Shoes, the German Children’s prize for Missing and he was recently honoured by Action for Children’s Arts for his contribution to theatre for young people. Previous Christmas shows at the Sherman Theatre include, Merlin, Sleeping Beauty and The Snow Queen.


Hayley studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Credits include: Arabian Nights and The Ugly Duckling / Yr Hwyaden Fach Hyll (Sherman Theatre); Iphigenia In Splott (Sherman Theatre and transferred to the National Theatre); Made In Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, New Wolsey Ipswich); Wonderman (GaggleBabble, National Theatre Wales & Wales Millennium Centre); The Tale of Mr Tumble (Manchester International Festival); Cooking with Elvis (Derby Theatre); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Unicorn Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (West Yorkshire Playhouse).


Dom Coyote is a composer and performer. He leads on his own projects, mixing music and theatre in unexpected ways, and writes scores for theatre and art projects. He studied creative writing at Dartington and works regularly with Kneehigh Theatre. His show Songs for The End of the World, won the Origins Award for outstanding achievement, Vault Festival, London, 2016.


Ian started his theatre career at the Sherman Theatre in 2004, and then moved to Stage Sound Services. Since becoming a freelancer in July, he has worked on City of the Unexpected (National Theatre Wales & Wales Millennium Centre) and designed The Hunting of the Snark (Sherman Theatre, Alice House & RGM Productions Ltd.).


Designs include: The Royale (Bush Theatre); Unfaithful (Found111); A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Theatre); Jumpy (Theatr Clwyd); The Last Tango (West End); The Night Before Christmas and Little Sure Shot (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Moonlight And Magnolias (Perth Theatre); The Absence Of Women (Lyric Belfast); The Gruffalo (Tall Stories).


Elvi trained at Rose Bruford College and Institut del Teatre, Barcelona. Since graduating she has worked for companies including The Old Vic, Royal Shakespeare Company, and West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 2014 she founded Wrongsemble Theatre Company, directing their acclaimed family show Three, touring nationally in 2017, presented by Half Moon. Elvi is a former member of Sherman Youth Theatre and is part of the JMK Directors Group. Role supported by The Garrick Charitable Trust.


Kevin trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has been a stage combat tutor and fight director for over fifteen years. Work includes; Shakespeare’s Globe, The RSC, The National Theatre, S4C, National Theatre Wales, BBC Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, No 1 tours, West End. He has worked internationally and on major feature films, opera and video games.


Kay is Associate Artist (Casting) at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Curve where she works regularly and also casts for Derby Theatre, Storyhouse in Chester and at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.


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