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Bill Davies

Artistic Director

Bill trained at Rose Bruford College in London, graduating in 1997. He went on and founded Blunderbus in 1998, and has since adapted, directed and designed the set and puppets for over 70 professional productions, including his own versions of Animal Farm, The Tempest,  The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte’s Web, Treasure Island, and The Railway Children.


Bill has adapted many published children’s books for the stage, including Helen Cooper’s Pumpkin Soup, Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish, David McKee’s Elmer the Elephant, Giles Andreae & Guy Parker Rees' Giraffes Can't Dance,

Faustin Charles & Michael Terry’s The Selfish Crocodile and Diana Hendry &

Jane Chapman’s The Very Noisy Night, followed by its successor, The Very Snowy Christmas.

In 2013, Bill’s hugely successful adaptation of Jill Tomlinson’s The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark toured to theatres across the UK, but also flown off to Dubai, Malaysia and Singapore. To date, the show has played to over 200,000 children nationally and internationally. Bill has also adapted his own original story, Dotty the Dragon, which played in venues across the UK, and a very special visit to I Theatre's International Children's Festival in Singapore. Bill is currently having the story published as a picture book.


For 2014, Bill adapted and directed the stage version of Hugless Douglas, based on the best-selling picture book by author David Melling. Promising to be the biggest, most ambitious touring show from Blunderbus, Douglas and friends have been playing to theatre audiences right across the UK, with a recent trip to the Hong Kong KidsFest for ABA Productions.

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