The DH Ensemble & Jess Kaufman present

Adapted from the book MATHILDA AND THE ORANGE BALLOON © 2010

How can a small sheep become a big orange balloon?

With a lot of imagination and determination - anything is possible! 

 Mathilda is a little grey sheep in a little grey world. Her herd is content to munch clovers, but Mathilda’s mind is full of questions. When an orange balloon makes a surprise appearance on the farm, Mathilda discovers there is more to who she is than being a grey sheep!

As she explores what it means to be orange, Mathilda leads us all on a journey of self-discovery and the joys of self-expression. With a diverse cast of Deaf and hearing actors, Mathilda’s tactile, fully realised world is welcoming and fully accessible to Deaf and hearing children and families through the use of spoken English, sign language, and creative captions and animation.

The show is suitable for children aged 3-8 and their families.

★★★★ “Great creativity and imagination” West End Wilma

Read full review here

Mathilda and the Orange Balloon will be touring again in 2020. For booking enquiries please contact erin (at)

Mathilda and the Orange Balloon is an international collaboration produced with US Artist Jess Kaufman based on the popular children’s book by Randall de Sève.

The Research & Development period was supported by Sheffield Theatres / Ramps on the Moon. Our 2019 tour was supported by Arts Council England and the lovely generous individuals who donated through our crowdfunding campaign.

Creative Team:

Performed by Hermon Berhane, Adam Jay-Price and Mia Ward. Research and Development with Hermon Berhane, Stephen Collins and Erin Siobhan Hutching.

Directed by Jennifer K. Bates

Playwright Jess Kaufman (Devised with The DH Ensemble)

Creative Producers Erin Siobhan Hutching and Jess Kaufman

BSL Translation and Consultancy by Jean St Clair

Set Design and Illustrations by Jo Sargeant

Movement by Jennifer Fletcher

Lighting design and projection design by Rachel Sampley (with Phil Massingham)

Sound design by Jess Kaufman and Aaron Barker

Outside eyes Peter Glanville, Rachel Barnett

Photography and Videography by David Monteith-Hodge

Clowning workshop Jon Davison

Audio Description Consultancy Chloe Phillips (to be developed for the next stage)

BSL interpreters Susan Booth, Beverley Wilson, Stephen Hudson, Chris Curran, Sophie Allen, Jo Ross