Book and Lyrics by Andrew G Marshall
Music by Jamsheed Master
Directed by Ed Burnside

All that Ben wants for Christmas is a puppy, but come Christmas morning there’s only a toy one under the tree. When nobody but Ben is looking, it comes to life and in the excitement destroys the lovingly prepared Christmas dinner and all the careful preparations for the day. Blamed by his parents for ruining everything for the family, Ben is sent to his room in disgrace, where he’s visited by the Spirit of Christmas. Ben is set a task that will take him and his new four-legged friend on a magical journey to the four corners of the earth and turn his toy puppy into a real one. Along the way, he meets Jack Frost, Sahara Winds and a very sleepy dragon.
Daft Dog Theatre Company in collaboration with Andrew G Marshall

Available for touring Christmas 2011


About The Show

This new musical for children aged 4+ features audience participation and a chance to come up on stage and be part of the story. Developed with assistance from West Sussex County Council Rural Arts and New Writing South, The Puppy That Ate Christmas is a wonderful adventure story, packing in song after song of exciting narrative and engaging action.

"The Puppy That Ate Christmas is a magical and engaging brand new musical theatre show. It will appeal to both children and adults through its easy narrative but carries the complexity of musical language and emotion. I think Puppy has a richness of quality and charm that makes it a very special piece. It has been a privilege to have been part of the commission process and watch it grow into such an accomplished show over its period
of development." Karen Howard, West Sussex Rural Arts Development Officer

"The show really came to life in the minds of all the children watching – even though at the rehearsed reading stage, there were no costumes or set yet – you could see it in their eyes and how still they sat." Chris Taylor, New Writing South

Creative Team

Andrew G Marshall
Book and lyrics

Andrew is the writer of the book and lyrics of The Puppy That Ate Christmas. His work includes Caruso and the Quake - a Prodigal Theatre collaboration with Andrew G Marshall - which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival (Pleasance Courtyard) and has subsequently toured over sixty dates in England, Wales, North Ireland, Republic of Eire and Germany: ‘Compelling’ The Stage. ‘Enormous Warmth’ East Anglian Daily Times. Coming Around Again (West Yorkshire Playhouse) Coffee Cantata (Debuted at Chichester Festival for West Sussex Rural Touring) and Modern Major General (Farnham Maltings and Proteus Theatre Company). His latest play Caruso and the Monkey House Trial will premier in Edinburgh this summer. Andrew is also the author of nine self-help books (published by Bloomsbury) and his work has been translated into over fifteen different languages.

Jamsheed Master

Composer of the score for The Puppy That Ate Christmas, Jamsheed studied under Martin Butler at Sussex University, going on to become a Yamaha piano artist. He has since worked as music developer and composer-in-chief for Sony Europe, Disney Interactive and Disney Cruise Line. His music appears on countless social network and console videogames including Singstar, Disney Sing It, Pop Hits, High School Musical 3, Sing It Family Hits, Guitar Hero and Grease The Official Videogame.

Music for television and theatre: Incy Wincy Spider (2012), Converse (advert), Nearly Mine (Bandbazi, Farnham Maltings), Frankenstein: The Year Without A Summer (Dorset Corset Theatre Company, sound design) Pop magic (Boogaloo Stu, PopKaft), La Soiree (Olivier award), La Clique (Roundhouse), Confessions (Adelaide Festival), The No Frills Revue (Edinburgh Fringe). As musical director: West Side Story, The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors, Fame, Oklahoma, City Of Angels, Guys And Dolls. Appearances as a concert pianist include The Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, The National Mumbai, music festivals across the globe and many of the leading cruise ships. He provides year-round theatre training for young people and through his work with Disney has helped shape the musical life of future generations of performers.

Ed Burnside

Currently an associate lecturer at the University of Chichester, Ed is directing the second year musical theatre production of Cabaret with Julian Kelly as musical director. Other recent work: Le Gateau Chocolat (La Clique, Olivier award) creating new work for the Adelaide Festival; Persuasion, Far From the Madding Crowd, Northanger Abbey and Under The Greenwood Tree (Dorset Corset Theatre Company). Ed is also the producer of Doreset Corset’s 25 venue tour of Frankenstein: The Year Without A Summer with funding from Arts Council England, South West, West Dorset District Council, Bournemouth Council and The Fenton Arts Trust. As an associate artist at Bridport Arts Centre and The Arc Theatre, Trowbridge, Ed works closely with The Bike Shed Exeter, a thriving new writing venue in the South West.

Children’s theatre with Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company: Night Before Christmas (Arts Depot's Christmas show) Pigeon Party (tour across Canada and USA); The Way Back Home (with Theatre Royal Winchester) currently on a 60 date tour before touring North America in 2012. Other theatre for young people: Wind in The Willows, Struwelpeter, Revolting Rhymes and The Witches (Webplay, Hoi Polloi, Tamasha, Visible Fictions, Intrepid Theatre Company). Ed is also part of the education team for the Old Vic Theatre and has worked for BBC Shakespeare for Schools Festival, alongside teaching at numerous weekend performing arts schools and workshops.

Daft Dog Theatre Company

The Puppy That Ate Christmas was written and developed through an Arts Council Grant and has financial support from West Sussex County Council Rural Arts. Daft Dog Theatre Company will also benefit from the experience of the producing team responsible for Caruso and the Quake and are being mentored by the Heather Brothers, who have self-produced several successful musicals including A Slice of Saturday Night which has played in the West End and Broadway.

For more information:

UK phone: Jamsheed Master 07961 171538