A CDP Kids production
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU
A play by Richard Tulloch
Adapted from the books by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
“I love you right up to the moon – AND BACK.”
Join the enchanting adventure of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare as they discover the magic and colour of the seasons, in a dazzling new stage adaptation of Sam McBratney’s beloved Guess How Much I Love You books.
This playful story of love and nature unfolds on stage in a show that’s fun, with beautiful puppetry, music and laughter to educate first-time theatre-goers. Based on the classic picture book by Sam McBratney, experience the magic of seeing these beloved characters live on stage.
Brought to life by CDP Kids, the team behind the Australian tours of The Gruffalo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Spot, this family favourite will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers. Don’t miss out!
Suitable for ages 3+ and their families.
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Guess How Much I Love You™ and © Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram 2021. Licensed by Walker Books Ltd. Guess How Much I Love You is a registered trademark of Walker Books Ltd, London UK.
Director: Liesel Badorrek
Designer: Isla Shaw
Playwright: Richard Tulloch
Lighting Designer: Benjamin Brockman
Sound Designer: Gail Priest
Puppetry Consultant: Kailah Cabanas
Little Nut Brown Hare: Catherine McNamara
Big Nut Brown Hare: Drew Wilson
Narrator: Christopher Vernon
Company Stage Manager: Jesse Hilford
Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Phillips
Catherine McNamara – LITTLE NUT BROWN HARE
Catherine McNamara is an independent theatre performer and maker. She graduated from the University of Wollongong’s B.A. Performance in 2015.
In 2015, Catherine co-created the immersive children’s theatre show Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium with Drew Fairley and Scott Wright. She spent the next five years touring the work throughout regional Australia (2017), Auckland (2018), USA (2018-19), and Abu Dhabi (2020).
Catherine has performed in several dance theatre works, including Tangi Wai… the cry of water, by Victoria Hunt (Performance Space, 2015), and Throne of Thorns, by Malaysian theatre director Norzizi Zulkifli (ASWARA, Kuala Lumpur, 2017).
Most recently, Catherine has been working as a performer and creative on Fast Cars and Dirty Beats, a large-scale community performance project created by Kate Smith, set to debut in Bathurst late 2022.
Catherine is very proudly a regional artist – based on Wiradjuri land near Orange, NSW. When at home, she facilitates performing arts programs for people with disabilities and people in aged care, through collaborations with Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and Arts OutWest.
Guess How Much I Love You is Catherine’s first show with CDP, and she is so excited to bring a favourite childhood story to life.
Drew Wilson – BIG NUT BROWN HARE
Drew Wilson is an Australian actor, puppeteer and writer.
A graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts, his theatre credits include Ghetto, Twelfth Night and O’Horo (VCA); War Horse (National Theatre and Global Creatures); Storm Boy (Melbourne Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre); Laser Beak Man (Dead Puppet Society); The Riddle of Washpool Gully (Terrapin Puppet Theatre and DPS); Urza and the Song in the Dark (Matriark); The Island of Dr Moreau (Loud Mouth Theatre Company); The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Alice in Wonderland (Michael Sieders Presents); and Notes from Underground (Sydney Chamber Opera).
His film and television credits include Crownies (ABC); the short films Legacy, Rare Books and When Sally Left Steve (Australian Film, Television and Radio School); and puppetry for the upcoming feature film Blaze (Dir. Del Kathryn Barton).
Drew is a recipient of a 2019 Mike Walsh Fellowship for Acting and Puppetry and he is currently developing the new works The Jilted Curse and Part-Time Heroes.
Christopher Vernon – NARRATOR
Chris completed his music theatre training at NIDA graduating in 2010 and continued his studies at the Actors Centre Australia, graduating in 2014.
Whilst studying, Chris performed as Luke Boyce in The Emperor of Sydney (dir Andrew Lloyd), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir George Ogilvie), Stories from the Inside Out (Verbatim Theatre, dir Gale Edwards), John in Oleanna (dir Adam Cook) and Larry in Closer (dir Egil Kipste).
Other theatre credits include High School Musical, I Love You Because, Metamorphosis, The Blue Room, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Rent. Chris has been training as a puppeteer since 2015 and has toured across Australia with a children’s cancer education program, in the award-winning show called The Caped Crusader.
Chris has a strong passion for youth mental health and works around Australia creating positive conversations with young people reducing the stigma around mental health. Chris has worked extensively with CDP Theatre Producers. Credits include Billionaire Boy, Spot and Room on the Broom, and most recently The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.
SUITABLE FOR PRESCHOOL – YEARS 2
(Early Stage 1 – Stage 2)
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This production has a strong music focus.
This production has strong visual cues giving students a different reference point for comprehension of the narrative or subject matter.
The text or dialogue used in this production is limited or simple.