TubTub London Premiere Press Release 2 Oct 2023

Our brand new children’s work, Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub, is to receive its London Première in the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival. Sunday 22 October 2023, 12noon, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Inspired by a determination to increase the engagement and availability of accessible children’s works, Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub collaboratively written by author and Classic FM Presenter Zeb Soanes and composer James Marangone. Watch a sneak peak here. Developed from a desire to produce a piece that is relevant and connected to the world children grow up in today, Tub-Tub’s themes include those of reuse, resilience and acceptance, and the cinematic score features a wide variety of organic sound effects.

Narrated by Soanes, this London Première performance in the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall will be given by Orpheus Sinfonia conducted by Artistic Director, Thomas Carroll. The programme also includes Poulenc’s The Story of Babar. It will be an accessible performance, with Speech-to-Text transcription. Following the performance there will be opportunity to meet the performers & creators.

The storybook is published by Welsh publisher Graffeg with illustrations by Anja Uhren. There is also an extensive cross-curricular Key Stage 2 educational resource written by Kim Waldock available directly from us.

Tub-Tub was conceived for Orpheus Sinfonia who share a strong ethos with the aims of the work, and were a central part of the collaborative production process through workshops and development of techniques with the musicians.

Dame Judi Dench, Patron of Orpheus Sinfonia, said: “Beautifully topical, Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub is a thrilling and wondrous adventure, where the power of music and nature inspire us all to make the world a better place.”

Zeb Soanes, author, said “James has created a richly cinematic score for Fred’s adventure. I can’t wait to première our storytelling collaboration with the wonderful Orpheus Sinfonia. Paired with Poulenc’s take of Babar the Little Elephant, it is the perfect way to introduce children to their first concert this half term.”

James Marangone, composer, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity to work with Zeb’s creative enthusiasm to symbiotically develop a whistlestop tour of cinematic orchestral sound and texture, alongside a beautiful and topical tale. I have wanted to find a pathway to inspire children from any background to explore and create sound; Tub-Tub provides a brilliant platform for this.”

Rosie Taylor, CEO at Orpheus Sinfonia, said: “The future of music is very close to the heart of what Orpheus exists for. Working to produce Tub-Tub with James and Zeb has been a transformative experience for our whole organisation. Our musicians are so inspired by this project and cannot wait to bring it to the wider public in this London Première. We then hope to take this piece to children everywhere, engaging them with the extraordinary power of music and arts collaboration up and down the country, sharing the Southbank Centre’s mission that everyone needs the arts.”


Tickets are available direct from the Southbank Centre: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats- on/literature-poetry/fred-and-fantastic-tub-tub