Little Red – Digital Programme

Theatre Porto in association with HOME Manchester, Eastern Angles & MLCP presents

Little Red was first created as a co-production between Theatre Porto (formerly Action Transport Theatre) and Unity Theatre in partnership with LIPA. It was devised by the original company and had its premiere at Unity Theatre, Liverpool, December 2016.

Over the years, Little Red has followed her path reaching audiences across the UK from Cardiff to Kendal, and from Ipswich to Manchester.

We are delighted to be presenting the show with its first all female cast with HOME Manchester before it’s run at Theatre Porto in Ellesmere Port for 2023.

We hope you enjoy the show!


Francesca Anderson as Grandma
Stephanie Greer as Wolfie
Fatima Jawara as Little Red
Anoush Kendrick as Woodcutter


Text -Kevin Dyer
Artistic Direction – Nina Hajiyianni
Assistant Director – Lou Corben
Designer – Elizabeth Wright based on an original design by Sydonie Paterson
Composer / Musical Direction – Patrick Dineen
Lighting Design – Julie Kearney
Company Stage Manager – Beccy Hillam
Production Manager – Matt Bennett
Access Co-ordinator – Natasha Chapman


Theatre Porto, HOME Manchester, Matthew Linley Creative Projects in association with Eastern Angles, Jessica Egan-Simon


Marketing, Press, Social Media by Sam Hutchinson for Theatre Porto
Poster Image Joseph White Design
Ident Creation Design Dylunio
Photography and videography by
Jake Ryan for Theatre Porto

Meet The Cast

Francesca Anderson as Grandma

Francesca Anderson as Grandma

Francesca has worked on a wide range of theatre and film productions. She has recently performed in Hansel & Gretel in Seoul, South Korea with Lyngo Theatre, an Open-Air tour of Jane Eyre playing the title role, and period piece Katheryn Howard for Goose Bites Theatre. Recent TV and Film credits have included Eastenders, costume drama I Dido and the soon to be released Heel Drop by Somesuch Films.

Stephanie Greer as Wolfie

Stephanie Greer as Wolfie

Stephanie trained at Bretton Hall gaining a first-class honours degree in Acting. Her recent work includes The Man Who Left Is Not The Man Who Came Home (Farnham Maltings) also by Kevin Dyer, And Now It’s All This (Liverpool and Los Angeles); and most recently Sealskin (Liverpool Everyman) with renowned physical theatre company Tmesis.

Fatima Jawara as Little Red

Fatima Jawara as Little Red

Fatima is reprising the role of Little Red, having previously appeared in the Eastern Angles/Theatre Porto 2022 production. Other credits include Ensemble in KIDNAPPED (National Theatre of Scotland), Cecilia in WRITE TRON: CANADA (R&D, Tron Theatre), Cecile/Various in NOTORIOUS STRUMPETS AND DANGEROUS GIRLS (R&D, Royal Lyceum Theatre), Various roles in THE SNOW QUEEN (R&D, Royal Lyceum Theatre), Demeter in PLOP! IN THE OCEAN (Hopscotch Theatre) and Brenda/Marion /Helen in ROAD (New Celts Productions). Screen credits include CRIME (Buccaneer for Britbox), DOG SQUAD (CBBC), ASKA (LS Productions), A BIRTHDAY PARTY (BP Film Ltd), WEE WILD FLOWERS

(Screen Academy Scotland) and RUMOUR HAS IT (Screen Academy Scotland). Fatima trained in Acting for Stage & Screen at Edinburgh Napier/Queen Margaret Universities.

Anoush Kendrick as Woodcutter

Anoush Kendrick as Woodcutter

Anoush graduated with a BA (hons) degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre from The Urdang Academy in London. Her theatre credits include: Lead vocalist in Mickey and the Wondrous Book for Disney Hong Kong, Princess Jasmine in Aladdin at the Thameside Theatre in Grays, Carmen in The Pajama Game at The Pleasance Theatre, Woodcutter/Mum and Choreographer for Little Red at Sir John Mills Theatre last year with Eastern Angles Theatre company. Most recently Anoush performed a one- woman play about a Syrian refugee written and directed by Kevin Dyer which was performed at Ripon Festival and Theatre Porto.

Help us spread the word about Little Red

We’d love you to spread the word about Little Red.  Do tell friends and family and, of course, we’d love to hear on your social media what you thought… Tag us using @TheatrePorto or #LittleRed (we are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

Past Reviews

“Witty and intelligent…”
The Reviews Hub

“Sheer bliss from beginning to end”
Northern Soul

“A genuine Christmas treat”
Whats On Stage

“An atmospheric show which children cannot help but be drawn into”
Liverpool Arts Scene

“Lovably scary storytelling”
The Stage

“A masterclass in sophisticated storytelling”
Liverpool Echo


Theatre Porto have been a producer of original theatre and wide-ranging youth and community work for over 35 years. Founded in 1986 as Action Transport Theatre, the company has a strong track-record, transforming the lives of local children, young people, and wider communities.

The focus on making imaginative, and authentic professional theatre has established the company as one of the leading performing arts companies in England, ‘for, by and with’ children and young people, reaching thousands of participants and audience members each year.

We couldn’t have done that without the generous support of our main funders – Arts Council England, Cheshire West and Chester Council as well as many other foundations and companies.

Special thanks to the original cast who were part of the devising process for Little Red – Natalia Campbell, Simone Lewis, Harvey Robinson and Luca Rutherford. Thanks too, to all the creatives and technical staff who have worked on the show to date!

In addition, we’d like to thank:

HOME creative and production Teams. 

Eastern Angles for the shows revival in Ipswich last year, and for all their help in this production.

All our previous production photographers Mike Kwasniak, Brian Roberts and Sam Ryley.

Unity Theatre for the hire of the radio mic, and of course for originally opening Little Red back in 2016.

Little Red Show Sponsors

A HUGE thank-you to the Show Sponsors of Little Red at Theatre Porto

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Little Red News / Resources

Little Red’s winter homecoming

Theatre Porto is thrilled to announce the return of our beloved classic, Little Red, to its North-West roots. Little Red is a playful and imaginative twist on a timeless tale, making it the perfect festive delight for families with young ones (ages 4+).

All-Female cast ready for Little Red

Theatre Porto and HOME announce all female cast for acclaimed family production Little Red coming to Ellesmere Port and Manchester this winter…

Little Red

Theatre Porto’s most popular winter show EVER returns and you are invited! Join Little Red as she puts on her bright red coat once again, to go adventuring in the deep dark woods…


Theatre Porto

Theatre Porto (formerly Action Transport Theatre) has been making work for children, young people and the communities of Ellesmere Port for over 35 years.

We are inspired by the child-centred qualities of curiosity, play and fairness and aim to make new work which both challenges and delights.