Handa’s Surprise (ages 2 – 5)


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Age range
Ages 2 - 5


Run Time
35 minutes

Handa’s Surprise

A Little Angel Theatre production 

Based on the bestselling book by Eileen Browne 

Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village. Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise – but seven different animals have seven very different ideas… could you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit?  

A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation. Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!   

Handa’s Surprise is aimed at ages 2-5. The small audience sit on cushions and mats around the stage for an intimate experience, and there is a chance to join in the dancing at the end. 

Adapted from the book by Eileen Browne 

Directed by Marleen Vermeulen 

Set designed by Sophia Lovell Smith 

Puppets made by Peter O’Rourke 

Performed by Rujenne Green and Hannah Akhalu  

This play is based on the original book Handa’s Surprise, written and illustrated by Eileen Browne. Published by Walker Books ltd. 


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