Polka Announce Co-Production with Complicité

May 16, 2019

We are proud to announce our new co-production with  Complicité.


I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole! 

A Complicité Associates and Polka Theatre co-production

A World Premiere

Based on the book by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman

Adapted and directed by Catherine Alexander


Marking Complicité’s return to the Fringe after more than twenty years, and the first time they have made theatre for primary school aged children, this co-production with Polka Theatre is a fun and frenetic adaptation of beloved children’s book.

Artistic Director, Peter Glanville says: “Polka are delighted to be co-producing this innovative new work I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole! with Complicité, one of the UKs leading theatre companies. It builds on Polka’s significance as a specialist children’s theatre in a year where we celebrate our 40th birthday and start a 7.5 Million Capital development on our building.”

Catherine Alexander directs fusing original Ska music and animation to tell the story of Ashley, the child of a hard-working single mother from Barbados.  Exhausted by her child’s endless imagination, she threatens them with a visit to their terrifying neighbour whenever they misbehave. But one day Ashley is magnetically drawn to Mrs Cole’s door and taken into her noisy, messy, chaotic world… I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole!  is a story of cultural differences, fear of the unknown and the power of children’s ability to imagine.


The production will preview in London at Theatre Peckham in July before opening at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.


Company information

Based on the book by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman

Adapted and Directed by Catherine Alexander    

Devised by the Company

Designed by Jemima Robinson            

Sound Design by Benjamin Grant

Lighting Design by Jai Morjaria

Video Design by Hayley Egan

Animation by Amber Cooper-Davies

Production Manager: David Duffy



Barry Fitzgerald

Mae Munro

Diana Yekinni


About Complicité:

Complicité is an international touring theatre company based in London. Founded in 1983, the company is led by Artistic Director Simon McBurney OBE. Complicité has played in more than 40 countries across the world and won more than 50 awards, including the Perrier award for comedy in 1985 for More Bigger Snacks Now, the first theatre show ever to win the award. This year they come to the Fringe with two new facets of work:

Complicité Associates is a strand of showcasing the extraordinarily talented artists and theatre makers who have worked with Simon McBurney over the years, and presents I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole! in co-production with Polka Theatre.