Orla's Moon and Orla and the Sun Tour
May 2018

Spurred on by an overwhelming demand from families, libraries and Early Year’s organisations for more high-quality live performances for 0-3 years and their parents and carers, Wonderful Beast revived and developed both Orla and the Sun, and Orla’s Moon, our interactive music-theatre-storytelling shows. We were on the road for a three-week tour of libraries in Suffolk and an Early Childhood Festival in Queens Park, London, curated by Creative Futures UK. Our free booklets and CDs of the shows were snapped up by parents as a valuable legacy to be enjoyed and shared with their little ones.


Brilliant! Far exceeded expectations. Boys, 3 months, 2 years and 4 years all loved it. Orla’s Moon Mildenhall Library


“Perfectly pitched for my 16 months old. He was captivated, and I loved it too. The sensory elements were brilliant. Orla and the Sun, Lowestoft


Wonderful. Full of joy. Amazing to see how the babies responded. Such a safe atmosphere full of magic. Orla and the Sun, Early Years Festival, London



Orla’s Moon


Free play after the show


Abimaro Gunnell and David Ogle


Orla’s Moon

Orla and The Sun (2015/2016)

a musical performance by  Zoë Palmer and Jack Ross

  'So brilliant! Love, love, loved it all… the songs, music and dancing. Our little boy is chronically shy and it was amazing to see him come out of his shell and interact with others '

– mother of participant

“Why are you always following me?” Orla asks the Sun. It’s the beginning of a fantastic musical adventure - a sensory game of hide and seek which transforms the world in front of her eyes. Orla and The Sun mesmerizes its audience from the moment it begins with a warm welcome from the cast who interact during the pre-show using chimes, gongs and singing bowls.  As The Sun dances, Orla sings her journey and together they create a paradise of silken sun-rays, a forest, bees and a silver pond, all designed for babies to interact with and become part of the action. The show is followed by child-led free play with the audience and cast.


Performances so far have been in Hadleigh, Eye, Great Cornard and Stowmarket (organised and supported by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council) the Alternative Aldeburgh Music Festival and in Stoke Newington, London.  Plus more recently performed in Storm of Stories 2016 and at Creative Futures.


Duration: 60 mins Pre-show 10 mins, Show 30 mins, Free play 20 mins

Age: 0 –3 + carers. 25 children maximum plus carers per performance but we can do more than one show in a day.

Cost: £1000 but negotiable depending on how many performances.


Orla: Abimaro Gunnell

The Sun: David Ogle

The World: Jack Ross, Zoë Palmer

Sun Drops: Babies 0-3



Words + Music: Jack Ross, Zoë Palmer

Director: Zoë Palmer

Designer: Sarah Booth

Choreography: David Ogle

Producer: Alys Kihl



Alys Kihl for more details and bookings

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Thanks also to:

The Barbara Whatmore,

The Bernarr Rainbow,

Cochemé and

Scarfe Charitable Trusts.