How Tom Beat Captain Najork And His Hired Sportsmen 

By Curious Doings


A lesson in the art of fooling around...


Adapted from Russell Hoban’s Book, this intensely physical performance tells the story of Tom, who is so good at fooling around that he does little else.  His Aunt Fidget Wonkham-Strong, who thinks that this is too much like having fun, calls upon the fearsome Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen to teach him a lesson


Curious Doings was the company formed from the pilot of a brand new postgraduate performer training programme at Queen’s University Belfast.  This show was the final result of the module of the course called CHILDSPLAY: MAKING PERFORMANCE FOR A YOUNGER AUDIENCE, and was performed as part of the Belfast Children’s Festival.



Anna Newell



Alison Arnopp

Cat Barter

Shaun Blaney

Jen Browne

Derval Cromie

Mary-Frances Doherty

Siobhán Donnellan

Matt Ferris

Annette Flynn

Daneka Greig

Aisling Groves-McKeown

Aoife Heery

Daithí Mac Suibhne

Kathryn McCartin

Sarah Madigan

Joanne Quinn

Linda Teehan

Ellen Turley

Cathy Walsh


Approx. running time: 1 hour



Previous Performances:


The Brian Friel Theatre, Belfast

The Belfast Children's Festival

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th May 2009 at 7pm

Sunday 31st May 2009 at 3pm