Liang & The Magic Paintbrush is touring again from May 2016 so if you have booked previously please spread the word to other venues. If you’ve not yet booked, then Crooked Timber will be delighted to hear from you!

Contact Gemma to discuss your requirements on 07779 856275.

The show has toured across the UK as part of regional rural tour schemes and to many theatre spaces including Half Moon Theatre (London), Little Angel Theatre (London), Polka Theatre (London), Norwich Puppet Theatre, Queens Hall (Hexham), Salisbury Playhouse, Norden Farm (Maidenhead), Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Halifax Square Chapel Arts Centre, The Curve Theatre (Leicester), Komedia (Brighton) and many others.

Liang And The Magic Paintbrush was included as part of the 2015 Puppet Animation Festival in Scotland and toured throughout the North East of Scotland to a variety of rural and theatre venues.


Created and performed by Gemma Khawaja

Directed by Zannie Fraser and Joy Haynes

Liang dreams of being a painter but is too poor to buy himself a paintbrush. Join him on a magical adventure to find out if dreams can come true.

An inventive and gentle show with something in it for all the family. Crooked Timber Theatre combine puppets, origami, live painting and video images to bring this well loved Chinese tale to life.

“Liang And The Magic Paintbrush, is a charming production which, through delicate shadow theatre and puppetry, sensitively brings to vivid life this traditional Chinese story”

Simon Hart: Artistic Director, Puppet Animation Festival Scotland

“The show clearly captivated the children and the adults were appreciative too. The mix of shadow, film and puppets worked well and the innovative use of water as a paint creating transparency on the screen was as magic as the paintbrush in the title.

The show I saw had 2-70 year olds in the audience and it worked for them all”

Ian Woods: General Manager, Norwich Puppet Theatre

“A sweet & inventive show with something in it for all the family”

Natalie Jode: Chief Executive, Creative Arts East

RUNNING TIME:  45 MINS + optional time to look at the puppets and draw pictures afterwards

MAX AUDIENCE: 150 if raked seating. 120 without raked seating.

A family show recommended for age 4 years and upwards. Younger ages welcome at venues discretion.

View PDF of tech spec and fees: HERE

View PDF of marketing materials: HERE

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Download publicity images/press pack Zip file (20 MB) : HERE

View sample contract: HERE