Ingrid Hu


A play by Sabrina Mahfouz
Based on the book by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Jane Ray

21 September – 4 November, 2017     Little Angel Theatre
25 November – 17 December, 2017    Omnibus Theatre, London

Based on the book by award-winning children’s author Dianne Hofmeyr, Zeraffa Giraffa is inspired by the true tale of a giraffe and its keeper Atir. Sent as a diplomatic gift from the Great Pasha of Egypt to the King of France in the 1820s, the story follows the various stages of the epic trip taken by these two companions. The pair are thrown through terrifying storms and encounter all sorts of nerve jangling creatures – and not to mention locals – before they arrive in France where no one has seen an animal like Zeraffa before.

Working in close collaboration with the creative team, the design of the stage and costumes evolved from ideas based around children’s perception of the visual world. Objects, scenery and costumes transform in unexpected and imaginative ways.

 The Off West End Theatre Awards 2018  Production for Young People aged 0-7



★★★★★ “a delightful production” Theatre Bubble

★★★★ “This is such a creative production with spellbinding surprises galore for the little ones, not to mention the wonderfully mature themes of difference and friendship”
Everything Theatre

★★★★ “interesting insights for all ages to ponder on”
London Theatre 1

Cast Ashton Owen, Andre Refig, Nadia Shash

Writer Sabrina Mahfouz | Director Elgiva Field | Puppets and Puppetry Matthew Hutchinson | Designer Ingrid Hu | Composer Candida Caldicot | Lighting Designer Oscar Wyatt | Sound Designer Jon McCleod | Producer Felicity Paterson | Artistic Consultants Marie McCarthy  (Dramaturgy) & Samantha Lane (Puppetry & Education)

Photography by Ellie Kurttz

An Omnibus Theatre and Little Angel Theatre co-production  


The set for Zeraffa Giraffa was constructed in Harkers Studios, a purpose built, Grade II listed Victorian scene painting room which has been situated off the Walworth Road in Southwark for 110 years. Planning has been granted to convert the building into residential flats. More on Save Harkers Studio campaign: