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The Hero Next Door

by Face Front Inclusive Theatre


By award winning author Onjali Q. Raúf MBE, The Hero Next Door celebrates difference, friendship and working together to do the right thing

about the production

The Hero Next Door is a ground-breaking new production created especially for 7 – 10 year olds. Meet Musa, who happens to be a refugee; Haley, an autistic girl who adores frogs; and Melody, a would-be bully. This unlikely trio come together to save an elderly neighbour from a con-woman posing as a carer, with thrilling and hilarious results. The Hero Next Door uses film, animation, music and physical theatre to be accessible. As a leading inclusive theatre company, Face Front has been proud to assemble a diverse collective of cast and creative including disabled, non-disabled and culturally diverse actors.

about the artist

Face Front has been creating inclusive theatre since 1999. Developing original, ground-breaking work with a company of disabled and non-disabled artists, we produce professional, entertaining and challenging multi-layered theatre. We always work inclusively, using the transformational power of theatre in order to challenge inequality and improve emotional wellbeing. We also specialise in theatre for young people and are highly regarded for our educational theatre for children. Our previous touring productions have included: Counting the Ways, Laundry Boy, Opening the Can and It’s My Move.

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stage dimensions

width: 10 metres

height: 6 metres

depth: 6 metres

The stage measurements are estimates - the set is currently being designed. If you are interested but have a smaller space please do get in contact to discuss requirements.

Children and families, aged 7 - 10. Key stage 2 school audiences

It was magic, excellent high quality theatre for young people

Karen Taylor Arts Council

I love this story, it was funny and dramatic and has lots of meaning

Young audience member

The Hero Next Door was excellent. The children were engaged throughout!


The following is available on request:
Relaxed performances with adapted lighting and sound
Audio described and BSL signed performances
Pre-show touch-tour for blind and visually impaired audience members

Optional activities (available on request):
 Post-show talk with the cast
 Post-show Q&A with author (subject to availability)
 A workshop exploring inclusion and diversity
For Schools: Face Front is very experienced in working with schools and will be producing a teacher resource pack to accompany The Hero Next Door.
For families: We have a range of activities for families to take away or access online after the production. We can also advise on wraparound activities to support the show.

Our ideal scenario is a fee of £1000 but happy to discuss other options and explore other deals, for example a splits versus guarantees.