CDP Theatre Producers, The Smeds and The Smoos


CDP presents Tall Stories’ production of


Adapted from the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Soar into space with this exciting adaptation of the award-winning book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - (also seen in the TV animation on ABC Kids)

On a far-off planet, Smeds and Smoos can’t be friends. So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love and zoom off into space together, how will their families get them back?

Music, laughs and interplanetary adventures for everyone aged 3 and up, from the team that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage.

The Smeds and The Smoos © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 2019, published by Scholastic


2024 Australian Tour (Feb–April)

Tom Dawson

Tom Dawson - Bill/Jeffrey Smed

Tom graduated from the NIDA BFA in 2020. He has worked on screen in the ABCs Total Control alongside Deborah Mailman as Henry Whittaker, directed by Wayne Blair. He has also starred on Home and Away as Connor. In 2023, he appeared as Evan Gerber in NCIS Sydney on Paramount Plus.

Tom has performed at Belvoir 25A in 2021, playing James Bates in Horses, directed by Tait de Lorenzo and adapted by Ian Sinclair. Tom also played Riley in This Genuine Moment, written by Jacob Parker and directed by Hayden Tonazzi, which debuted at the Old 505 in 2019 and then toured to La Mama in Melbourne in 2020.

In 2023, Tom played Fish in Cherry Smoke at KXT on Broadway, directed by Charlie Vaux. He also played Freder in Metropolis at the Hayes Theatre, a Little Eggs Collective production directed by Julia Robertson and composed by Zara Stanton.

Emma Kew

Emma Kew - Grandmother Smoo

Emma (she/they) is an actor, producer and voiceover artist with a versatile background in both stage and screen. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) from NIDA, Emma's was recognized with the Hazel Treweek Shakespeare Award for excellence in Classical Theatre.

Emma has consistently collaborated with award-winning production companies such as Studio Antics (notable productions include Dykes on Bikes – An Origin Story, Single, and Winona) and Stage Mum (Dough!, Truly Madly Britney, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Cooking For). Their screen credits include Home and Away (Seven Network) and Doctor Doctor (Easy Tiger), and stage credits include The Midnight Gang (CDP - National Tours), LIARBIRD (Crack Theatre Festival), Håmlet (Ban Shakespeare), Blood on the Cats Neck (Montague Basement) and Leopardskin (JackRabbit Theatre).

Additionally, Emma's achievements include a Diploma of Live Performance and Technical Services (Stage Management) from the Adelaide College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of Adelaide. As a queer person, Emma is a vocal and passionate advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and is a proud member of the MEAA.

Currently residing and working on the ancestral lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, Emma acknowledges and pays heartfelt respect to Elders past and present.

Patrick Gandin

Patrick Gandin - Grandfather Smed

Patrick Gandin completed his training at the Actors Centre Australia in 2022. He has since created his own theatre company and produced and starred inVenus In Fur for the Sydney Fringe Festival, which was nominated for the "Best in Theatre" award category.

His other credits include Frank in The Female of the Species; Orlando in As You Like It; Dr Shpigelski in A Month in the Country and Davey in The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

Chaya Ocampo

Chaya Ocampo - Janet/Betty Smoo

Chaya is a Filipina-Australian actor, singer, theatre-maker and storyteller proudly born and raised on Darug Land. Chaya is a graduate of NIDA (Diploma of Musical Theatre - 2017) and WAAPA (Bachelor of Acting - 2021).

Her notable theatre credits include playing the title role of Lovia in Ate Lovia (dir. Kenneth Moraleda), Kendra in Gloria (dir. Kylie Bracknell), performing in Godspell at Hayes Theatre Co. (dir. Richard Carroll) and in Sydney Theatre Company’s Chimerica (dir. Kip Williams). She most recently originated the role of Jade in the world premiere of Girl Band (dir. Lucy Clements). Her screen credits include Honey (dir. Justine Hinz), Stan series Year Of (dir. Taylor Ferguson) and Linger (dir. Aaryn Bath). Linger won Best LGBTQ Film and Best Produced Script at the LA Independent Women Film Awards.

Through her artistic endeavours, Chaya strives to use her voice and humanity to tell more authentically diverse stories on the Australian stage and screen.


CDP presents Tall Stories’ The Smeds and the Smoos
Adapted from the picture book
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Director: Toby Mitchell
Set & Costumes Designer: Barney George
Music & Lyrics: Jon Fiber & Andy Shaw for Jollygoodtunes
Puppet Designer: Yvonne Stone
Lighting Designer: Peter Harrison
Choreographer: Julia Cave
Costume Supervisor: Martin Rodges
Production Manager: Nick May
Collaborator: Zhaolin Zhou
R&D Co-Director: Olivia Jacobs

Associate Director (Australia): Nicole Pingon


Company Stage Manager: Michael Clark
Deputy Stage Manager: Lucy Kelland


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

A visual story is available for The Smeds and the Smoos 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.

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



2023/2024 TOUR DATES



18 – 22 January 2024 *
The Concourse
Bookings: or phone (02) 8075 8111

* 20 January 3pm
Auslan Interpreted Auslan Interpreted Performance


20 – 21 February 2024
Capitol Theatre Tamworth
Bookings: or phone (02) 6767 5200


26 – 27 February 2024
The Art House
Bookings: or phone (02) 4335 1485

Wagga Wagga

1 March 2024
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Bookings: or phone (02) 6926 9688



21 – 23 December 2023 *
QUT Gardens Theatre

* 21 December 3pm
Auslan Interpreted Auslan Interpreted Performance


18 March 2024
Redland Performing Arts Centre
Bookings: or phone (07) 3829 8131


22 March 2024
Proserpine Entertainment Centre
Bookings: or phone (07) 4945 0405


26 – 27 March 2024
The Empire Theatre
Bookings: or phone 1300 655 299



6 – 9 January 2024
Athenaeum Theatre
Bookings: or phone (03) 9650 1500

Narre Warren

4 – 5 March 2024
Bunjil Place
Bookings: or phone (03) 9709 9700


7 – 8 March 2024
The Wedge
Bookings: or phone (03) 5143 3200


12 March 2024
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub
Bookings: or phone (03) 5152 1482


14 – 15 March 2024
Wyndham Cultural Centre
Bookings: or phone (03) 8734 6000

Ringwood East

11 April 2024
Karralyka Theatre
Bookings: or phone (03) 9870 2888

Moonee Ponds

12 April 2024
Clocktower Centre
Bookings: or phone (03) 9243 9191