Mr Stink

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CDP Theatre Producers present

Mr Stink

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 01 April - 02 April 2016

Based on the book Mr Stink by David Walliams

David Walliams’ (Little Britain) award-winning book comes to life on stage in this brand new production directed by Jonathan Biggins (Pete The Sheep).

It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Sure he smells a bit, but he’s the only person who’s ever been nice to her.

So, when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed. But Chloe’s about to learn that some secrets have a way of leading to disaster. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the nose…

The team behind the stage productions of The 13- 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses return with this very smelly tale…hold on to your nose!

“Comic genius… A joy for kids both big and small.” – Edinburgh Evening News on the book

Download a colouring-in sheet here: Mr Stink Colouring-In Sheet

Recommended for ages 6+ and their families

Click here to read our interview with Maryam Master about Mr Stink

Production Images Credit: Heidrun Löhr

Dates & Times:
Friday 1 April 11:30am & 1:30pm
Saturday 2 April 10am & 12pm


A a play by Maryam Master
Based on the book by David Walliams
Directed by Jonathan Biggins


Maryam Master has almost 20 years’ experience writing for young audiences. Her new play, the adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling children’s novel Mr Stink, will premiere at the Sydney Opera House in April 2016.

In 2014 she wrote the stage adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ book The Incredible Book Eating Boy, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House then went on to tour nationally and internationally.

Maryam has also written Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, which debuted to sold-out audiences at the Opera House Concert Hall, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and Jingle Bell Jazz (SOH Babies Proms), and Staging Stories, an interactive workshop for Sydney Opera House’s digital learning program. She is currently working on bringing Leigh Hobbs’ beloved character Horrible Harriet to the stage.

On television, Maryam has written for many major Australian and international programs. She was selected by Sesame Workshop as the writer for Elmo’s 2011 tour of Australia, and wrote Elmo and Ollie for Sesame and Nick Jr. She has also written for Hoopla Doopla (Beyond), Lah-Lah’s Adventures(Stella/Seven Network), Blinky Bill (Yoram Gross), Animalscope (CBeebies), Raggs (Southern Star/Seven Network), Dive Olly Dive (Flying Bark), New Macdonald’s Farm (Pacific and Beyond/Nine Network), Blue Water High (Southern Star) and Bambaloo (Jim Henson Co./Yoram Gross/Seven Network).

Early in her career, Maryam worked as a writer and script editor for Home and Away (Seven Network), writing over 80 episodes of the program.


David Walliams is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning television sketch show Little Britain.
He has now taken the children’s literary world by storm. He is the biggest selling UK children’s author to debut this century – his books have been translated into forty languages and have sold over four million copies in the UK alone, which means that he ranks alongside JK Rowling as one of Britain’s leading children’s authors, and he has developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl.


Jonathan Biggins won the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his production of Avenue Q. Other credits includeNoises Off and The Republic of Myopia for Sydney Theatre Company, Flatfoot for Ensemble Theatre, Orpheus in the Underworldfor Opera Australia and Opera South Australia, Pete the Sheep for Monkey Baa, which earned a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Presentation for Children, for Sydney Theatre Company’s Actor on a Box series The Tale Maker and The Luck Child, which won the 2012 Sydney Critics Award for Best Children’s Theatre Work, and also a touring production of Australia Dayfor Hit Productions. He has also directed many of the Wharf Revue productions, on top of being one of the creators. In 2015, Jonathan both wrote and directed the 2015 Helpmann Awards.



Huw Higginson (Mr Stink) trained at The London Academy of Dramatic Art and has worked consistently in television film and theatre both in the UK and Australia. Huw is probably best known for playing PC George Garfield in ABC/ITV’s The Bill in which he appeared in over 600 episodes spanning ten years.

Amongst other UK television credits are EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Doctors, Railway Murders, Big Deal, The Sarah Jane Adventures, By any Means Living It and Blessed – all for BBCTV.Heartbeat, The Hunt, The Giblets and Peep Show are among the numerous credits he has for commercial television in the UK.

Huw is well known for touring nationally in the UK with amongst others: Abigail’s Party, Meeting Joe Strummer, In the Club, Rattle of a Simple Man, Arsenic and Old Lace, What the Butler Saw (WEST END) and for the Bolton Octogon: All my Sons, Comedians, And Did Those Feet, Demolition Man, The Winslow Boy and A Streetcar Named Desire (nominated for an MEN award for best supporting Actor). Selected further theatre credits include A Kitchen Sink for Hull Truck Theatre and Plenty, Sergeant Musgraves Dance and Breezeblock Park for Manchester Library Theatre.

In Australia, Lone Star (2000 National Tour), MTC’s epic four hour production of Great Expectations. Since his return to Australia On the Shore of the Wide World at the Griffin theatre and he also toured nationally in Love Letters with his partner Hannah.

Recent television has included ABCTV’s Hiding, Rake series 4 and Miss Fisher Mysteries as well asDeadline Gallipoli, Secret River and Mary: Making of a Princess. His first television engagement on his return to Australia was in Channel 7’s Home and Away.

Outside of work he is a keen fisherman, bad golfer and follower of Chelsea Football club, Wests Tigers and The Sydney Swans.


Madeleine Jones (Annabelle, Melissa, Reporter) is a graduate of Actors Centre Australia. Madeleine has played Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf directed by Kip Williams for NIDA, Sally Bowles in Cabaret directed by Louise Fisher and Jill Mason in Equusdirected by Helen Tonkin, both for New Theatre. In 2011 Madeleine toured Australia with Poetry In Action. In 2012, Madeleine played Mole in Wind In The Willows for the ASC, Ophelia in Harlos Productions’ Hamlet, Hermia in Garnet Productions’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cissy in the Anthony Skuse directed Punk Rock for pantsguys and ATYP (Sydney Theatre Award, Best Independent Production). 2013 saw her in Girl In Tan Boots for Griffin Independent, directed by Susanna Dowling, as Sister Martha in Cyrano de Bergerac (Sydney Theatre Award, Best Independent Production) and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, both for Sport for Jove Theatre Company and directed by Damien Ryan and Adam Cook respectively. In 2014 she appeared in The Incredible Book Eating Boy at Sydney Opera House for CDP, M. Rock for STC and ATYP, and the MTC/GFO production of Once, directed by John Tiffany, winning the Green Room Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Musical).

Most recently, Madeleine played Kate Monster in Jo Turner’s production of Avenue Q and Katherine in Sport for Jove’s Love’s Labour’s Lost directed by Damien Ryan.

Madeleine’s screen credits include Devil’s Dust for the ABC (Dir. Jessica Hobbs) as well as short filmsEmu (Dir. Kacie Anning) and Waking Moon (Dir. D’Arby Deck), and Series 1 and 2 of Kacie Anning’s web series Fragments of Friday.

Madeleine is a proud member of Actors Equity.


Johnny Nasser (Mr Crumb, Raj, Prime Minister) is a National Theatre Drama School graduate and has worked across various theatre, TV and film projects over the last 15 years. He has created and devised theatre with Loose Canon Arts, and toured over a dozen shows throughout Australia, Asia and the Middle East. With Loose Canon Johnny has created many bespoke theatre performances and events with the City of Sydney. Other theatre credits include Monkeyshinesand Darlingwood Tales at the Sydney Opera House, Wilde Tales at Belvoir and Riverside Theatres, All the Blood & All the Water at Riverside Theatres, Arabian Nightfor Nida co. and Railway Wonderland for NORPA. Recently Johnny performed in Clusters of Light in Dubai, the largest scale theatrical work ever produced in the Middle East.

Screen credits include Chandon Pictures, Stingers, Legacy of the Silver Shadow and the feature filmConvict. Johnny is soon to be seen on the upcoming Jungle Boys Comedy series Here Come The Habibs for Channel 9.


Hannah Waterman (Mrs Crumb, Alice) started her career as a member of The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and prior to joining the cast of BBC soap opera EastEnders in Feb 2000 for 4 years, guested on a variety of British Television shows. Since her departure from EastEnders, Waterman has appeared in BBC medical dramas Doctors and Holby City, The Bill and a recurring role in New Tricks.

On Stage she has appeared in The Vagina Monologues, Soap at The Stephen Joseph Theatre and Tom, Dick and Harry and Calendar Girls in the West End. Hannah’s final role before coming to Australia was as Beverley in Abigail’s Party and since arriving in Australia, Hannah toured Australia with Huw Higginson in Love Letters.


Romy Watson (Chloe) graduated NIDA in 2015 with a Diploma of Musical Theatre.Prior to her studies at NIDA, Romy trained at the Australian Institute of Music graduating with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Music Theatre.

Theatrical credits include the roles Lucy McFadden in The Goodbye Girl for Neglected Musicals, Deborah-Sue Miller in Bye Bye Birdie for Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre, and Rosemary Pilkington in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for the Australian Institute of Music. Romy is thrilled to be making her stage debut as Chloe in Mr Stink for CDP Theatre Producers.

Suitable for Years 3 – 6


$21 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)
Schools – Please download and fill out the booking form


I am so excited about this brand new production of this seriously funny book. Not only is it based on the book written by David Walliams (of Little Britain fame), but with a director like Jonathan Biggins (Google him) this will be side-splittingly spectacular. And getting your students this excited about a BOOK (the thing written on paper and bound with cardboard) can never be a bad thing right? It also has some really important lessons about prejudice, stereotypes and human relationships. But don’t tell your students that – they’ll just be having a great time!


    All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Riverside’s risk assessment can be downloaded here and education support materials (where provided) are available below.
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    Mail: Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta, NSW, 2124.
    N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward a tax invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking forms.
    Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a non-refundable $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure.
    You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 school weeks prior to the performance. We strongly recommend making the cut-off point for students to pay the school and confirm their attendance at around 5 – 6 weeks before the performance or workshop date, giving yourself plenty of time to confirm final numbers. Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.
    A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you are attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to running times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.
    Seating at schools performances is general admission (unless otherwise specified) and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 minutes prior to your performance.
    Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact us on 8839 3308.

Student and Teacher Resources

Mr Stink Curriculum Links


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