27 Mar 2018

Yo Diddle Diddle bring beloved nursery rhyme to life

Cow, Cat and a dog named Houston are set to bring the farm to life in a hip-hop infused adventure as two performances of Yo Diddle Diddle are performed on the Empire Theatre stage.

Yo Diddle Diddle will come to live on stage on Tuesday 22 May with one performance at 9.30am and another at 11.30pm.

Exploring the theme of resilience, the fun-filled Yo Diddle Diddle is the first work by Patch’s new Artistic Director Naomi Edwards.

The show is inspired by the hilarious rhyme and rhythm of Tony Wilson and Laura Wood’s book The Cow Tripped Over the Moon.

Yo Diddle Diddle Director, Naomi Edwards said she wanted to make a show that explored resilience for a 4-8 year old audience.

“Cow dreams of the impossible, she wants to jump the moon. When I found Tony Wilson’s book The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, I knew I had found our inspiration,” she said.  

Multi award winning producer DJ TR!P takes to the stage as ‘Houston’ the DJ’ing dog. He’s joined by a cast including Jo Stone as ‘Cat’ and Ashton Malcolm as ‘Cow’.

“We decided early on that the only melody we would use in the show was the melody of the traditional nursery rhyme,” said Naomi Edwards.

Yo Diddle Diddle is the first of four works by new Artistic Director Naomi Edwards who has spent the past two years researching the core values of what children need to succeed.

Patch Theatre also recruited Professor Martin Westwell from Flinders University as 'Scientist in Residence' to work on the show and bring the latest thinking in resilience and executive function to the theatre making process for children.

“Resilience is such an important theme for children. Many schools and families are focusing on developing resilience in their children. By making a fun and magical theatrical experience, we also celebrate the importance of trying, brushing yourself off and finding a new way forward.”

For more information or to book for either of these workshops, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au