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Children’s book adapted for the stage

Hairy Maclary 2012 Tour Dates



18thWarrenpoint Town Hall

19thDun Laoghaire Pavilion Theatre

20thSligo Hawkswell

23rdLondonderry Waterside Theatre

25thWaterford Theatre Royal

27th – Cork Opera House


2ndBury Met

4thLincoln Theatre Royal

6thLeeds Carriageworks

8thWycombe Swan

10thCamberley Theatre

11th-13thWakefield Theatre Royal

17thMaidstone Hazlitt Arts Centre

22ndStranraer Ryan Centre

23rdCumbernauld Theatre

27thOban Corran Halls

28thDunoon Queen’s Hall

29th/30thDundee Rep



4th – Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

6th/7thLivingston Howden Park Centre

9th – Scunthorpe Plowright Theatre

11th-15th Hammersmith Riverside Studios

20th-22ndCambridge Comedy Festival

23rdIlfracombe Landmark Theatre

24thWinchester Theatre Royal

28thSwindon Wyvern Theatre

29thAldershot Princes Hall

31stThe Town House Hamilton



4thInverness Eden Court

8thPotters Bar Wyllyotts Theatre

9thHoddesdon Broxbourne Civic Hall

12th – 22nd

25th/26thNorwich Playhouse

28th-30th – Birmingham MAC



1stTunbridge Wells Assembly Hall

2ndSouthend Palace Theatre

3rd – 6thLondon Wonderground Festival – Southbank

8thMonmouth Blake Theatre

12thLancaster Grand

15th – Berwick Maltings

16th Kirkcaldy Adam Smith



18th – 20th – St.

Andrews Byre Theatre

21st – Dunfermline Carnegie Hall

23rd – Southport Theatre

28th – Stamford Corn Exchange

30th – Salisbury City Hall



1st – 3rd – Manchester Lowry (Quays Theatre)

Hairy Maclary & Friends at Sydney Opera House



 December 2011 – January 2012

Edinburgh theatre company, Nonsense Room Productions is taking its highly successful children’s show Hairy Maclary & Friends to Sydney Opera House in December for a five week run over Christmas. The show, which has delighted families in Scotland and throughout the UK, has been picked to play at the Opera House as a hit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011.


Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy


Bruce Strachan, Artistic Director of Nonsense Room Productions says: “We are thrilled to be touring Hairy Maclary to Sydney Opera House. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to perform at one of the world’s most iconic venues. We are excited about taking the little dog with the big personality to meet new audiences on the other side of the world.”

Hairy Maclary & Friends is an official stage adaptation of the much-loved Hairy Maclary children’s books by celebrated writer Lynley Dodd, presenting an assortment of animal antics for all the family. Audiences in Sydney can look forward to meeting many of their favourite characters such as Hercules Morse, as big as a horse; Bottomley Potts, covered in spots; Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town.

The show premiered in Scotland in 2010 with a sold-out run at the Fringe. In 2011 the show toured to venues throughout the UK including three weeks at Assembly George Square Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 and a week at Riverside Studios, London.

We will be touring the UK again during 2012. This smash-hit show, featuring live music, singing and your favourite Hairy Maclary books is a summertime treat suitable for all the family – you’d be barking mad to miss it!!

Fans of the storybooks cannot fail to enjoy this performance and every child should see this. One4Review *****

Nonsense Room Productions was established in 2002 by Bruce Strachan and Simon Beattie, RSAMD graduates. In 2005 the company was chosen as ‘Pick of the Fringe’ by Greenwich Theatre, London. Previous shows at the Edinburgh Fringe have included The Ballad of James II by Douglas Maxwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and The Apprentice.   This year the company also presented Handling Bach by Paul Barz at Rosslyn Chapel.


Lynley Dodd is an internationally celebrated writer for children from New Zealand. Her titles, including Hairy Maclary, are highly regarded and much loved by her readers locally and internationally. Her stories are known for their lively sound qualities, curious animal characters, and the memorable illustrations that accompany the text. Dodd has received numerous awards, both for her writing and illustration. In 2002 she was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to children’s literature.

Hairy Maclary UK Tour 2011

‘Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.

Anyone with young children will recognise these immortal words instantly as the opening lines of the book ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ by Lynley Dodd.  Following a Sell-Out run at the Fringe 2010, Hairy Maclary and his friends are springing off the page once again this Summer.

Featuring many of the characters from the books like Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse – Bottomley Potts, covered in spots – Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw – the toughest tomcat in town.    With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family.

**** THE LIST: – ‘This is old-school children’s theatre in all the right ways.’

MUMS.NET: “…Hairy Maclary was fab, my nearly 3 year old practically levitated in excitement…”

THE HERALD: –  ‘… so numerous and vociferous was the audience that sometimes the performers were drowned out…they were, however, able to keep the kids in stitches, no matter the volume…’

PRIMARY TIMES: …a vibrant, fun filled show that cleverly brings Lynley Dodd’s much-loved children’s books to life.’