The beloved tale of a child navigating the baffling world of grown-ups adapted into a dance theatre production

Conceived and directed by Luca Silvestrini

TOURING 16 Feb onwards

THE PLACE Christmas 2019

“delivered with quirky charm… a packed house of Ipswich schoolchildren was enthralled from start to finish” «««« Observer

Loved by children and adults around the world for generations, the classic tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has been given a fresh and witty new adaptation using Luca Silvestrini’s distinctive blend of dance, humour, words and music. Following its premiere at DanceEast for Christmas 2018, the show will be touring the UK and coming to The Place for Christmas 2019. Audiences will be invited to join the Little Prince as he journeys through a weird and wonderful universe, meeting fascinating characters along the way whilst learning about the value of friendship and love.

Stranded in the desert where he’s crashed his plane, a pilot meets an inquisitive boy who tells him a remarkable story of how he left his own tiny asteroid and journeyed through the universe. On this journey, the Little Prince comes face to face with the baffling world of grown-ups, from a king who reigns over nothing to a businessman obsessively counting stars, from a mysterious snake to a truly wise and friendly fox. With an original score by Frank Moon, design by Yann Seabra and lighting by Jackie Shemesh, Protein’s new show invites us to look at the world through one’s heart and to reconnect with our inner child.

The cast of four will includes Donna Lennard and Andrew Gardiner from previous Protein shows May Contain Food and Border Tales respectively. Joining them are Faith Prendergast and Karl Fagerlund Brekke, who have both previously performed with companies including Russell Maliphant Company and Arthur Pita.

Luca Silvestrini said “I am really excited to bring to life such a beautiful and important parable. The Little Prince’s journey to other asteroids and planet Earth is both magical and transformative and is a relevant example of what should really matter in life. Love, friendship, and even loss, take centre stage in this story as children make discoveries and their grownups are reminded that they were once children too. I’m incredibly lucky to embark on this journey with a fabulous team of artists and we are creating a theatrical experience that will entertain and connect the entire family.”

Formed in 1997 and currently one of the most distinctive voices in British dance theatre, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein uses a blend of original choreography, humour and music to entertain and provoke audiences. The company’s idiosyncratic dance theatre is provoked by the everyday and its repertoire includes B for Body, a Place Prize Finalist in 2006, the award-winning LOL (lots of love), May Contain Food and Border Tales which have toured nationally and internationally since their debut, winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Its celebrated outdoor show (In)visible Dancing was seen last year as part of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, and more recently in August 2018 at Stockton International Riverside Festival.

Protein was awarded the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Best Independent Dance Company 2011, and was nominated again in 2016. Protein is Associate Company with People Dancing. Partner with Greenwich Dance, Yorkshire Dance and ARC Stockton. Luca Silvestrini is a Work Place Artist at The Place, London.

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Running Time: 60mins | Suitable for all, children and grown-ups aged 5+

Co-commissioned by The Place and DanceEast, supported by The Point, Eastleigh, Warwick Arts Centre and Dance City.

Company Information

Conceived and Directed by Luca Silvestrini

Devised and performed by Karl Fagerlund Brekke, Andrew Gardiner, Donna Lennard, Faith Prendergast.

Pilot character devised by Jack Sergison

Design by Yann Seabra                                    Music composed by Frank Moon
Lighting design by
Jackie Shemesh                 Animation by Daniel Denton
Associate Director
Valentina Golfieri                Production Manager Rachel Shipp

Sound Engineer Thomas Evans                        Assistant Stage Manager Bethan Shaw


Listings information

Touring February 2019 onwards. Further dates TBA


16 Feb                                   Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

                                                University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB

2.30pm | £8 – £1 | 01227 769075


19 – 20 Feb                           Edge Hill Arts Centre, Lancashire

                                                Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk L39 4QP

                                                Tues 7.30pm, Weds 11am & 2.30pm | £7 (£5 concs, £20 family)

                                       | 01695 584480


23 – 24 Feb                          Jersey Opera House

3 Gloucester St, St. Helier JE2 3QR, Jersey

Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm | £17 – £15 (£15 – £13 concs) | 01534 511 115


11 Apr                                    Cambridge Junction

                                                Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

                                                2.30pm & 7.30pm |

                                       | 01223 511511


26 – 27 Apr                           Stantonbury Theatre

Stantonbury, Milton Keynes MK14 6BN

Fri 2pm & 7pm, Sat 11am & 3pm | £15 (£13 concs, £10 schools) | 01908 324466


Further dates TBA