Created by Philip Glassborow (writer) with Pamela Howard (Director/Visual Artist)
Adapted from the book by Wolf Mankowitz “A Kid for Two Farthings” (pub. Andre Deutsch 1953)
Set in an East End market in the 1950’s we follow the story of a lonely boy called Joe, who wished for his father to come home from Africa. Joe and his mother live at the back of Mr Kandinsky’s trouser making shop. Mr Kandinsky tells him only a Unicorn can make wishes come true and Joe searches for a Unicorn in the market. He uses all his pocket money (2/9d) to buy a ‘Unicorn’ not knowing it is really a runt baby kid with only 1 horn and three legs. But in the end everyone’s wishes do come true. Joe’s father does come home; Sam wins the wrestling match and gives his fiancée the ring she desires and Mr Kandinsky gets the Steam Press he dreams of. The music reflects the rich ethnic mix of East London (Petticoat Lane) and visually references the paintings of the area by John Allin.
This production is destined for the new Arcola Outside Theatre from 25-28 October 2021 at 2.30pm. It is a family musical for all ages. Guidance for children 8+. Further venues in 2022.
Harmony Rose Brennan
Mr. Avrom Kandinsky: A trouser maker / Unicorn Man
Sam ‘Schmule’ Heppner: Kandinsky’s apprentice and a wrestler /
The Eel King / Joe Boesman: a young boy
Becky Boesman: Joe’s mother and worker for Mme Rita / Mrs Eatmore
Sharona Ornadel: Sam’s fiancée / Mrs Greenberg /
Maxine: worker at Mme Rita’s
Calypso: Stan the Birdman / Prince Monolulu / The Bermondsey Bruiser
A travelling musician (melodica player)
Mme Rita: A dress and hat maker
Puppets and Props
2021 CREATIVE TEAM
Character drawings for 2021 production
The Unicorn and Joe
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Charitable donations to support this production may be made through:-
Insiders/Outsiders Arts Foundation (registered charity no.1182867)
Sort Code: 20-76-90
Account no: 43065057
The charity’s objects (‘Objects’) are specifically restricted to the following:
For the public benefit, to advance improve, develop and maintain public education in, and appreciation of the creative arts, including all forms of self-expression, both amateur and professional and specifically such art created by refugees or immigrants to the UK and their descendants through, in particular but not exclusively, the provision of an annual festival, or as the occasion may arise, of public concerts, performances and exhibitions.