Stylish productions with a hint of mischief and a dab of spectacle for audiences of all ages.

Orion and the Dark

Our brand new show for children and families Orion and the Dark is based on the award winning book by Emma Yarlett and will tour the UK throughout 2016.

Orion is scared of more or less everything. He's terrified of wasps and monsters, afraid of sheds and storms, panicked by spiders and fearful of heights but there is one thing that scares him more than anything else. Most of all he's scared of... The DARK!

Join Orion on an adventure as he faces his biggest fear and find out it's friendly! A heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and overcoming your fears.

Activity worksheet

Download our free activity worksheet to accompany the show. To read more about our education work please visit our education page.

A specially created teacher resource pack will also be made available to all schools who book to see the show. To read more about our education work please visit our education page.

Praise for the book

"This is a stunningly-produced book about facing our fears, yes, but it's also about the warmth of friendship. Author/illustrator Emma Yarlett has created a truly gorgeous story."
Kid's Book Review

"Orion and the Dark is a tear-jerking heart-stirring triumph. This book projects the very essence of freedom, mindfulness, adventure and the value of true friendship in it's purest form. An impossibly perfect bedtime story to be cherished. Simply stunning."
Book Sniffing Pug

"Full of humour, charm and adventure; a tale of friendship and overcoming fears."
The Illustrated Forest

Original Cast

Orion: Matthieu Hauret
Dark: Robert Hazle
Orion's Mum / Shady / Celina and others: Nicola Rainford

Production team

Based on a book by: Emma Yarlett
Book and original direction: Ollie Fielding
Director: Charlie Ely
Music and Lyrics: John Chambers
Puppet maker: Emily Bestow
Production associate: George Francis
Producer: Amy Holson-Schwartz
Associate producer: Hayley Fielding

Dramatisation based on the book Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett © 2014 Emma Yarlett. Licensed by Templar Publishing.

Have a look at Emma Yarlett's own website

See Emma's other amazing books on the Templar Publshing website

Check out the original artwork and fantastic prints of Emma Yarlett's illustrations on the Children's Book Illustration website

Production photography

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Photos taken by Pamela Raith

Touring schedule


21st The Albany, Deptford 1pm and 3pm 020 8692 4446
27th Brewery Arts, Kendal 2pm 01539 725 133
28th Jacksons Lane 12pm and 3pm 020 8341 4421


5th Canada Water, Culture Space 1pm and 3pm 020 8692 4446
6th Cornerstone, Didcot 2pm 01235 515144
12th Berry Theatre, Southampton 2pm 023 8065 2333
13th artsdepot, Finchley 11am and 2pm 020 8369 5454
15th Salisbury Playhouse 11am and 2pm 01722 320 333
19th New Wolsey, Ipswich 11am and 2pm 01473 295 900


3rd Greenwich Theatre 2pm 020 8858 7755


7th & 8th The Warren, Brighton Fringe 11am 01273 987 516


24th Downing College, Cambridge 2:30pm


8th Half Moon, London 11am & 2pm 020 7709 8900
15th Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes 2:30pm 01908 324 466
20th Loughborough Town Hall 11am 01509 231 914