NEWS: West End Stars Collaborate with Golden Toad Theatre

West End stars, Courtney Stapleton (Six) and Joe Griffiths-Brown (Hamilton) are collaborating with the theatre company to encourage children to engage in theatre through song, dance, and a little bit of gardening.

With Golden Toad’s touring production of Errol’s Garden on hold until next year, the company are keen to still use Gillian Hibbs’ award-winning
book to help children’s creativity bloom with exciting and educational content.

In order to do so, Courtney Stapleton and Joe Griffiths-Brown have lent their voices to an upbeat, pop musical track from the production as part of an interactive music video experience. Children are encouraged to record themselves singing along with Errol and to send in their photos or drawings of what they have been growing at home, in the garden, or at the allotment. The submissions will be edited together to create a final music video, which will be released online.

Talking about being involved Courtney said: “I wanted to be a part of Errol’s Garden because I was very much an outdoor child! I loved being outside getting dirty and having loads of fun. I think it’s important to encourage the children of today to enjoy the outdoors, and if we can teach them some
sustainable ways to live while we’re at it then even better!”

Meanwhile, Joe added: “I enjoyed the idea of nature thriving in urban environments, and the creativity of children when making their dreams a reality made me want to be ten all over again.”

As well as the musical project, there are two animated videos from animator Lee Cooper of fun garden-inspired activities for children, inspired by Hibbs’ original book. From how to decorate a recycled pot to getting crafty with origami flowers, there’s something for all those
green fingers out there.

Supported by the Arts Council emergency funding for the continuation of their work, Golden Toad Theatre are known for creating vibrant and original musical theatre for young audiences and families.

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