Andy Manley & Ania Michaelis

Andy Manley is a theatre artist based in the UK. He creates performances largely through devising, though has worked on several written projects. He directs or performs depending on what feels right, and started making his own work in 2006. Andy works with a number of artists and collaborators to create his shows. Over the last few years he has specialised in creating performances for children and latterly work for the very young. Andy’s work tours extensively to UK and international venues and festivals.

Ania Michealis is an actress, director and writer.  She has staged productions at venues including the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the Puppentheater Halle, the Theater Junge Generation in Dresden, the Freies Theaterhaus Frankfurt am Main and the Theater des Lachens Frankfurt an der Oder. Since 1993, she has cooperated with the Theater o.N. in Berlin, becoming its artistic director in 2010.


The Production

A small story | eine kleine geschichte was created in 2013/14 by Andy Manley and Ania Michaelis in a co-production between Starcatchers and Theater o.N (Berlin) which toured in Germany and Scotland.


A Small Story was aimed at children aged 2 – 4 years and is all about the small stories which make up big stories life – love, marriage, babies, friendships, everything! From everyday objects a magical world evolves…a wall full of boxes, each box containing a memory, a moment in time. A marriage, a birth, a death, a divorce, a birthday and Christmas. Tenderly re-enacted by our two guardians. Small objects representing big moments; gentle, reflective and fun. Using visual storytelling Andy Manley and Ania Michaelis take audiences on a tender journey exploring the little things that make a big difference.


Audience Feedback

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Theatre piece for children will make adults see kitchens in a different light DAILY RECORD

Show to unlock imagination of young theatre audiences THE HERALD




Tron Theatre | Glasgow 30 April – 3 May

Imaginate Festival | Edinburgh 6 – 10 May

The Lemon Tree | Aberdeen 14 – 17 May

Eden Court Theatre | Inverness 21 – 24 May


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Additional Information

Designed by Fred Pommerehn (Mikey and Addie, Tiger Tiger) with music by Danny Krass (White, The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk, The Artist, the Man and the Mother Woman) and Dramaturgy by Dagmar Domroes (GTA – German Theatre Abroad, the devil treasure / Heart Monster). Developed in Berlin and Edinburgh for children aged 2 – 4 and their grown ups the production was Funded by Support for Innovative Approaches of the Fonds Darstellende Kunste e.V. (Fund for Performing Arts) – funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department.

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