CDP Theatre Producers, Mr Stink


A CDP production


a play by Maryam Master
Based on the book by David Walliams
Directed by Jonathan Biggins

David Walliams' award-winning book comes to life on stage for children 6-12… and their adults!

"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…"

It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Sure he smells a bit, but he's the only person who's ever been nice to her. So, when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

Now Chloe's got to make sure no one finds out her secret, but she's about to learn that some secrets have a way of leading to disaster. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or the nose……

The team behind The 13-, 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses live on stage return with this touching, twisted and hilarious, and very smelly tale… hold on to your nose!

Age recommendation: 6+ and their adults
Duration: 60 minutes, no interval

" boisterous fun...the young audience...
thoroughly enjoy[ed] this quality production. "

The Daily Telegraph

" Children's theatre at its most engaging "

Stage Whispers

" enchanting "

About Last Week

" a heart-warming story that stands up for the underdog "

Broadway World


2023 Australian Tour

Petronella van Tienen


Petronella graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). Her previous theatre credits include Tiger in Girl Running, Boy Falling (Mudlark Theatre Company), Actor in Playlist (Siren Theatre Company), Aaron Dangerfield/Edward Ashbrook in Coram Boy (bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company), and Claudia Nardi in Nine (Little Triangle).

She has recently toured with CDP Theatre Producers as Cat in Room on the Broom, Lucy in Magic Beach, Madame Know-It-All in The 91-Storey Treehouse, and Child in The Gruffalo's Child.

Petronella holds associate degrees in piano (AMEB) & classical voice (Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music). She appeared as presenter for the web series Storytime @ Koorong, as featured vocalist in Nathan Glenn's CD & concert series Tell Me His Story, and as Birdie in the musical album Antarctica: Beneath the Storm (Sundog Productions). Petronella is a proud member of Actors Equity since 2016 & is represented by Mollison Keightley Management.

Paul Grabovac

Mr Stink

Paul Grabovac has been performing, writing and directing in the local and national scene for nearly twenty years. As a founding member of Renegade Productions, he has performed on such shows as The Tribe, Giving Up the Ghost and Manwatching.

Paul recently finished a national tour of Edward the Emu for Monkey Baa Theatre, has performed in Fringe Festivals around Australia and has been given excellent reviews such as for his performance in Tamagotchi Reset & Other Doomsdays. "Grabovac is one of our most singular actors. His craft is his artlessness, and he gets better and better" – David Zampitti, The West Australian

Erin Bruce

Mrs Crumb/Alice

Erin is a Sydney based actor, singer, and dancer. Graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre Performance, Erin has since performed in theatrical productions worldwide. Further training includes Sydney Screen Actors Group (Acting for Film/ TV), Sydney Actors Association (Acting for Screen) and singing and vocal coaching with Patricia Oertel.

Erin's stage credits include Room on The Broom (CDP Theatre Producers), Marion in Priscilla - Queen of the Desert (Lunchbox Prod & NCL Productions), Hot Shoe Shuffle (Birdie Productions), Showdown, and Shout! The Mod Musical (NCL Productions).

Screen credits include the feature film Australian Enemy (Praetorian Productions), and short films A Film By, See The Real Thing, and The Huntsman. For TV, Home and Away (Seven Network) and Les Norton (ABC)

Erin has shot an extensive list of commercial television and is a much requested corporate performer, with a career highlight of singing the Australian National Anthem at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Asher Griffith-Jones

Mr Crumb/Raj/PM

Asher (he/him) is a Melbourne based Actor of Australian & Anglo-Indian descent, and a graduate of 16th Street.

His stage credits include shows such as Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical (Steve Harrington/Jonathan Byers), and Australian Original productions of Fae O'Toole's PTV: Law & Order (Sevenfold Theatre Company), Charles Mercovich's The Measure of a Moment (La Mama), and Sean Donehue & Nick Waxman's Bearded.

Onscreen, Asher has worked on a variety of short films (Developed Departure, Nights Shift) commercial work (Telstra,, and recently in the Feature Film Coconut. Outside of acting Asher fills his time writing silly songs on his piano and guitar, working on various crew roles on Australian sets, and obsessing over Cow GIFs.

Zoe Jensen


Originally from Queensland & Tasmania, Zoe attended the prestigious, internationally renowned National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in the acting/musical theatre stream.

Upon graduating, Zoe has worked professionally as an actor in theatre, film and television.

She has appeared in original TV and Film projects Ropes (2018), Mate (2021), An Alien in Sydney (2022) and recently competed a NT tour of the original play Hush by Celia Williams.

She is very excited to be touring this production of Mr Stink across regional Australia.


A a play by Maryam Master
Based on the book by David Walliams

Director: Jonathan Biggins
Associate Director: Kenneth Moraleda
Playwright: Maryam Master
Set Design: James Browne
Costume Design: Lucy Scott
Sound Design: Daryl Wallis
Lighting Design: Nicholas Higgins
Choreographer/Puppetry: Shondelle Pratt

Maryam Master


Maryam Master is a writer with over 20 years' experience creating work for stage and screen.

Her stage adaptations of David Walliams' best-selling books Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy and The Midnight Gang have enjoyed extensive national tours, including performances at the Sydney Opera House. In 2016, Mr Stink also toured to the UAE, and was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award.

Other stage work includes Horrible Harriet: Live on Stage, The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Australian and international tour), Lah Lah's Big Live Band, and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and Jingle Bell Jazz (SOH Babies Proms).

Maryam started her career in television, writing over 80 episodes of Home and Away (Seven Network). Since then, Maryam has written for many major Australian and international television programs, Maryam has written for many major Australian and international programs, including Hoopla Doopla (Beyond), Lah-Lah's Adventures (Stella/Seven Network), Blinky Bill (Yoram Gross), Animalscope (CBeebies), Raggs (Southern Star/Seven Network), Dive Olly Dive (Flying Bark), New Macdonald's Farm (Pacific and Beyond/Nine Network), and Bambaloo (Jim Henson Co./Yoram Gross/Seven Network).

David Walliams


David Walliams is an acclaimed actor, writer, comedian, and television personality. He is currently the highest selling children’s author to have started writing since the year 2000, and his books have been translated into over 54 languages and have sold over 50 million copies worldwide.

He is well known for his charity work. In 2011 he swam the length of the River Thames, raising more than £2 million for charity, and in 2017 he was awarded an OBE for services to charity and the arts. 

Jonathan Biggins


Jonathan Biggins won the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his production of Avenue Q. Other credits include Noises Off and The Republic of Myopia for Sydney Theatre Company, Flatfoot for Ensemble Theatre, Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Australia and Opera South Australia, Pete the Sheep for Monkey Baa, which earned a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Presentation for Children, for Sydney Theatre Company's Actor on a Box series The Tale Maker and The Luck Child, which won the 2012 Sydney Critics Award for Best Children's Theatre Work, and also a touring production of Australia Day for Hit Productions. He has also directed many of the Wharf Revue productions, on top of being one of the creators. In 2015, Jonathan both wrote and directed the 2015 Helpmann Awards.


Company Stage Manager: Imogen Millhouse / Laura Palombella
Technical Stage Manager: Jayden Henderson
Touring Mechanist: Leon Dark


We believe in making our shows accessible for children with additional sensory and learning needs.

A visual story is now available for Mr Stink to help you prepare for your visit to the theatre.


Accessible performances may be available at some venues. Please check with your local venue for details.

For additional online resources to extend the theatre experience, visit CDP Digital.

Teachers and registered homeschoolers can also access education activities and resources at CDP Education.


" so enchanting "
" thoroughly engaged "

Deborah Jones, Arts Critic
About Last Week – April 9-15

" boisterous fun "
" the young audience…thoroughly enjoy[ed] this
quality production. "

David Walliams' Mr Stink has a sweet heart
Jo Litson, Daily Telegraph 15th April 2016

" If Mr Stink makes it to your city, follow the stench as it
will be worth it "

The Spillers






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