But what lingers on is the power of imagination - regardless of age - to transform the ordinary into something dramatic or playful or talismanic. That imagination flourishes abundantly in Manley and Michaelis.

Mary Brennan The Herald

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.


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

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.