Peut-Être Theatre


A delicate dance-theatre performance for children and their adults, playfully exploring silence and noise.

Two characters on a journey through boings, wooshes, tick tocks and cacophony. on their journey they also manage to listen to the silence. They learn to feel the noise and see the sounds around them.

Suitable for ages 3+

Running time 45 mins

  1. Director: Daphna Attias 
  2. Movement Director:  Ayse Tashkiran
  3. Dramaturgy: Richard Shannon
  4. Lighting & Set Design: Jackie Shemesh
  5. Music: Yaniv Fridel & Niall Kearney
  6. Costume & Props: Jenny Hayton
  7. Original Stage Manager: Faith Rowley
  8. Cast: Maya Politaki & Anna Richmond
  9. Understudies: Bridget Lappin & Megan Griffin

Shh...Bang! began life in August 2013 when we first thought that sound could provide the basis for a magical show for a young audience. But what aspects of sound might be both entertaining and engaging?

The journey started at Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Department of Audiological Medicine where the company learned about the way we hear and how children with hearing impairments can be helped with cochlear implants. Further research took place at the University of Southampton’s Institue of Sound and Vibration, where the company were inspired by the most wonderful demonstrations of how sound is generated. One of these magical examples found its way into the show - the metal rods that make an extraordinary, unexpected sound. What resonated with the company was that sound is vibration and vibration is movement. The embodiment of

sound thus became our starting point. All these ideas were allowed to form for over a year. When the company came together again in January 2015, we were ready to start to shape the final show. Each workshop explored a different sound - Whooshes, boings, tick-tocks, splashes and more. Over many weeks, ideas were refined and decisions made. Choosing which sounds to focus on proved hard as every sound offered wonderful theatrical possibilities; but in the end we settled on a series of sounds that will take the audience on an exciting journey, which also embraces the pleasure of silence. We hope the audiences ears and eyes will be opened to the world of sounds that surround us every day.

“We were very pleased to be involved with the development of Shh...Bang! The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) has a long tradition of working with partners to develop creative arts activities, enabling the exchange of knowledge between the University and society as well as inspiring young people with the multi-disciplinary spectrum of acoustic science. Peut-Être Theatre’s project to work with a very young audience made us think about our science communication with a new focus. We’ve learnt from those conversations and embedded new early-years activities into our general outreach programme.”

The research and development for the show was in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Southampton University. 

The show is kindly funded by the Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.

There are currently no scheduled performances of this production.

You can view a touring history of this show below, and see the What's On page for other productions which may be touring now.

10 May 2019
  • TYA/USA Festival, Atlanta, USA
9 May 2019
  • TYA/USA Festival, Atlanta, USA
8 May 2019
  • TYA/USA Festival, Atlanta, USA
5 May 2019
  • Lincoln Center, New York, NY 10023, USA
4 May 2019
  • Lincoln Center, New York, NY 10023, USA
20 Apr 2019
  • Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London, E15 1BX
17 Apr 2019
  • Luton Central Library, Luton, LU1 2NG
16 Apr 2019
  • Tobacco Factory, Bristol, BS3 1TF
15 Apr 2019
  • Tobacco Factory, Bristol, BS3 1TF
14 Apr 2019
  • Tobacco Factory, Bristol, BS3 1TF
13 Apr 2019
  • Tobacco Factory, Bristol, BS3 1TF
12 Apr 2019
  • Tobacco Factory, Bristol, BS3 1TF
11 Apr 2019
  • Tobacco Factory, Bristol, BS3 1TF
10 Apr 2019
  • British Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK
10 Feb 2019
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK
24 Jun 2018
  • Bridgewater Arts Centre, Bridgewater, TA6 3DD, UK
23 Jun 2018
  • Brockhouse Nursery, Somerset, UK
22 Jun 2018
  • Knights Templar Church School, Somerset, UK
21 Jun 2018
  • Red Oak Children's Centre, Surrey, UK
14 Jun 2018
  • York Theatre Royal, York, YO1 7HD, UK
13 Jun 2018
  • Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, LS2 3AD, UK
3 Feb 2018
  • A.S.K (Tianqio Arts Centre, Theatre Lab), Beijing, China
26 Jan 2018
  • IPAY showcase, Philadelphia, USA
14 Jan 2018
  • A.S.K, Shanghai, China
17 Dec 2017
  • Roundhouse, London, UK
8 Oct 2017
  • Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, UK
14 Jun 2017
  • Nuffield, Southampton, UK
4 Jun 2017
  • Greenwich Theatre, London, UK
24 May 2017
  • Attenbourgh Arts Centre, Leicester, UK
12 Mar 2017
  • Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth, UK
30 Nov 2016
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK
20 Nov 2016
  • ŻiguŻajg, Valeta, Malta
24 Oct 2016
  • Sailsbury Playhouse, Salisbury, UK
27 Jul 2016
  • I Theatre, Singapore
9 Apr 2016
  • The Place, London, UK
20 Mar 2016
  • Cambridge Junction, Cambridge, UK
27 Feb 2016
  • Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
19 Feb 2016
  • New Woolsey, Ipswich, UK
15 Feb 2016
  • Southstreet, Reading, UK
13 Feb 2016
  • Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, UK
12 Feb 2016
  • Southbank, London, UK
21 May 2015
  • Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesborough, UK
25 Apr 2015
  • Pontio, Bangor, Wales
19 Apr 2015
  • The Albany, London, UK
18 Apr 2015
  • The Egg, Bath, UK
12 Apr 2015
  • artsdepot, London, UK
11 Apr 2015
  • Lighthouse, Poole, UK
7 Apr 2015
  • South Hill Park, Bracknell, UK
4 Apr 2015
  • Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, UK
3 Apr 2015
  • Polka Theatre, London, UK
29 Mar 2015
  • Watermans Arts Centre, London, UK

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