Based on the novel Manxmouse from Paul Gallico

Imagine that you were a Manxmouse. A mouse without a tail, with huge ears and you aren’t grey, no, you are blue! Who will eat you? Who will chase you? The dog wouldn’t, the cat wouldn’t and the fox would certainly not! You are meant for the Manx Cat, that’s what all the animals say. That’s your Destiny, there’s nothing you can do about that! So Manxmouse goes and seeks for his doom. Eventually, he runs into him on the Isle of Man.

Good afternoon Manxmouse, says Manx Cat.
I have been awaiting you for years.
I hired the stadium to carry out the Doom.
But, perhaps you want a cup of tea first?

Manxmouse is an adventurous play about a brave mouse. He may have failed as a mouse, but nevertheless, he succeeds very well at being Manxmouse!

Manxmouse is a play with many puppets, animation and music.

In January 2014, Manxmouse won the IPAY Victor Award in Pittsburgh. May 2014, Kwatta played Manxmouse at Imaginate Festival in Edinburgh.

In 2014-2015, Kwatta played Manxmouse 88 times in 2 tours through the US and Canada.

In October 2015, Kwatta played Manxmouse at The Dublin Theatre Festival.


text: Paul Gallico
direction: Josee Hussaarts
play: Ferdi Janssen, Siem van Leeuwen, Steven Stavast and Hans Thissen
decor and costumes design: Barbara Kroon
puppets: Siem van Leeuwen
light design: Henk van der Geest
technique: Jesse Knoop


‘Really, you have to see this Theatergroep Kwatta show to appreciate not just the wit and invention of the staging, but also the integrity of purpose that binds the mischief, mayhem and role playing of the all-male cast into the core themes of Paul Gallico’s story.’ (Herald Tribune, 5*****, mei 2014)


Imaginate, Edinburgh, mei 2014:

‘Exquisite. The best of the best. Magnificent Mouse Magic. Will tell everyone everywhere. As much for adults as for children.’

‘Our feelings about Manxmouse can’t be adequately described here. We ADORED it (I could have watched it again immediately, and again after that, and so on, for quite some time). We are in the process of making Manxmice at home.’

‘Incredible, joyful, hilarious, brilliant – THANK YOU!’


Photography: Edwin Deen


Technical rider Manxmouse 2018