Both these shows are Quicksilver Theatre productions!


By Carey English and Guy Holland
Composer - Robert Lee

Tour dates - Still touring frequently

The story of Princess Veronica and her search for her grandfather King Jim takes the audience on an imaginary journey through a dark, dark wood, up a tall, tall tower to a beautiful magical cloudscape.

This funny play is performed with open-ended play materials, to create the world of the play in the children's imaginations.  The shows finishes with a play session where the children explore the set and props for themselves.


  2. By Carey English and Guy Holland
    Composer - Robert Lee

  3. Tour dates - March - June 2005 Still touring abroad

  4. Meet Ivanko, a little boy with a song in his heart who can’t sing for toffee. Accidentally separated from his father in the forest, he has to look after himself with only his teddy for company. Scared and alone he ventures deeper into the dark woods, until a soft red glow draws him into a cave. He settles himself down in a cosy spot, it’s warm, it’s furry…it’s a BEAR!

  5. Fortunately his teddy knows a lot about bears...

Upstairs in the Sky    Arts Hub  13 December 2007

“Down a side street and through a gate, behind a big black door, a special delivery is about to take place. Upstairs in the Sky created by Quicksilver Theatre is a play in every sense of the word. The prologue sees two delivery people arrive at the theatre with a box addressed to the audience: a Make-It-Yourself Story Kit.

    Upstairs in the Sky is fantastical, imaginative and has spectators laughing and smiling as they are invited to enjoy familiar tales alongside the story of King Jim and Princess Veronica. The audience see day turn to night and get a chance to play amongst the clouds. It’s amazing what can be done with card boxes, coloured sheets and foil. The Quicksilver Theatre certainly gives Blue Peter a run for its money.

    “The play has been running for four years and as well as theatre spaces it is also performed in class rooms,” shares Guy Holland, performer, writer, director and founder of Quicksilver Theatre. “Upstairs in the Sky is a play that is truly universal, every child can understand and have fun.” Consequently the play has been performed all around the world including Russia, Japan and Mexico. It also features writer, director and actor Carey English, with a fantastical score by Robert Lee.

    The simplicity invites the spectators to interact in many ways. In a way the performance makes you wish you were a child again, but it also captures the minds of children and adults alike, allowing you to think about the themes which the stories explore such as family, loss and the effects of giving, taking and sharing.

    As the performers leave the stage, they indicate that spectators are invited to take the space, free to play with the story kit now it has been safely delivered. This, it seems, is when the real fun begins as the audience literally interacts, creating whatever they choose.

    Spectators from local school, Princess May Primary, were having a great time and many other local schools have been involved. School groups get to take away a CD with the play’s musical score. They are also given the Make-It-Yourself Story Kit containing all of the props used in the show, well whatever’s left of it after the children get stuck in. It's one show that will benefit a lot of school groups, families and children all around the UK. It’s perfect for entertaining children during the Christmas holiday.

    One of my earliest memories is of watching a play at the theatre at the age of four. Looking at the children interact, jumping out of boxes, twirling coloured sheets around the room, recreating the characters and experimenting, it is easy to assume that the experience of Upstairs in the Sky will stay with its participants for years to come.”

Samiat Pedro

Teddy in his Rucksack   The Stage 12 May 2005

“With more than 27 years experience of producing children’s theatre, Quicksilver knows what it is doing and collaborators Carey English and Guy Holland use their twin imagination and trust to produce a gem of show.

It starts as a simple storytelling exercise as Holland recounted the tale of how young Ivenko and his teddy got lost in the woods, was rescued by a bear and restored it to human form by an act of unsolicited kindness.

Clad in faux Russian garb, Holland engages his young audience as he strides around a colourful and effective set with its prettily beribboned cave, acting out the story to Robert Lee’s beautifully atmospheric music.

But the true enchantment of this production is yet to come as one small child bought the story of loss, loneliness, trust, kindness and resourcefulness to life. Involving a child was high-risk and minutes went by and bottoms started to shuffle before Holland persuaded one to take part. Finally, six-year-old Evie Rawlings stepped forward to wear Ivenko’s white embroidered shirt and clutch his teddy - and that was it.

Adults and children sat mesmerised as Evie followed gentle instructions from Holland, now in the guise of the bear under a spell, and teddy himself, voiced by Tony Gleave. Then came the moment when the company trusted the child to perform that act of kindness unprompted.

Evie’s hesitation was heart-stopping and I can’t think of a more moving moment in theatre than when she walked forward to offered her bear to Holland to break the spell. Absolute magic.“  

Lesley Bates