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Emily Rising 
Directed by Oliver James Hymans
Presented at Little Angel Theatre

I don’t reckon no one’s gonna see me.
Cos no one looks up really.
Miss Gregory, who takes us for art, she reckons that in cities, yeah, people walk around looking at the pavement.
And she reckons if they look up they’d see like a totally different city.
More beautiful or whatever.
More weird.

A unique and heart-warming story brought to life with stunning puppetry that will take you soaring into the sky.


Emily wakes up one bright autumn morning to find that her feet can’t touch the ground, and no one can understand why. To everyone’s surprise Emily keeps rising higher and higher. From sleeping upside-down on her ceiling and flying above her school playground, to soaring over a starry-skied London; Emily’s adventure is just beginning. Emily discovers a world that looks completely different. She’s not scared at all - it’s fun being high up. But she’s not coming down…


Emily Rising was written by award-winning playwright Dan Rebellato and originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2001. The stage production, directed by Oliver James Hymans was on at the Little Angel Theatre from 10 Sept to 20 Nov 2016 and was supported by Arts Council England. Co-produced by Little Angel Theatre and Goblin Theatre.

Creative Team

Direction - Oliver James Hymans

Scriptwright - Dan Rebellato

Puppet Design - Alison Alexander

Set Design - Rachael Champion

Sound Design - Patrick Furness

Lighting Design - David Duffy


Peyvand Sadeghian (Emily, Jean)

Yana Penrose (Sarah, Mrs Foster)

David Emmings (Greg, Robbie, Dr, Jacky)

"Oliver Hymans' production is visually dazzling...It is funny and beautiful and sad and hopeful… poetic and precise”  - The Guardian


Dazzling technical flourishes… beautiful”  - The Stage


A spirited, warm and socially conscious production  - Curious Mum

“refreshingly different... including real-life issues that real children in the audience might relate to

Children’s Theatre Reviews

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