The DH Ensemble & Jess Kaufman present

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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.

Mathilda and the Orange Balloon is an international collaboration being 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 is supported by Arts Council England and the lovely generous individuals who donated through our crowdfunding campaign.

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2019 Tour Dates

Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre London

15th February (schools only) 16th February (open to the public)

Cambridge Junction

24th February 11.30am and 2.30pm

New Wolsey, Ipswich

2nd March, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm


New Wolsey Theatre’s British Sign Language video for Mathilda and the Orange Balloon


Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury

5th March

Nottingham Playhouse

11th May

11am & 1.30pm

Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

12th May

1pm & 3pm

Touchbase Pears, Birmingham

25th May

10am, 11.30am and 2pm