Cadies Productions Ltd
Cadies Productions was created in April 2004.
Robin Mitchell, who co-founded Edinburgh's Cadies & Witchery Tours in 1984, is the Director of Cadies Productions.
We have produced the following documentary films: And So Goodbye (2004, 24 mins), The Rest is Silence (2005, 10 mins), Finding Bob McArthur (2007, 75 mins), Breadmakers (2007, 11 mins), The Scottish Parliament: Following the Ghost Road (2007, 35 mins), William McLaren: An Artist Out of Time (2010, 51 mins), About A Band (2010, 43 mins), A Tale of Two Syrias (2012, 64 mins) and a series of short films for Relationships Scotland.
We have also worked with Edinburgh Director Keith Bradley on his horror feature Sacrificed (2008, 80 mins) and Jim Hickey's The Dungeon Moor Killings (2009, 80 mins). Our horror comedy The Download Horror (2012, 70 mins) was released in November 2012.
Our play, May I Have The Bill, Please?, Directed by Liam Rudden, was performed at The Boards, Edinburgh Playhouse as part of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Our Director Robin Mitchell has written one novel Grave Robbers (Luath Press), the top selling guide book What's Under the Kilt? and the children's book and stage show, Princess Pumpalot (The Farting Princess (Director Liam Rudden) which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. Our 2017 show, Princess Pumpalot: The Quest for the Purple Super-Farting Bean, will be performed at Le Monde in George Street during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Robin Mitchell is presently writing a new Princess Pumpalot book which due for release in the summer of 2017.
A New Farting Princess
We are excited to reveal that this Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the wonderfully talented Julie Heatherill will debut as Princess Pumpalot in the brand new Princess Pumpalot: The Radio Show - Live On Stage!
The casting reunites Julie with. Director Liam Rudden, familiar to all Musselburgh Brunton Theatre panto audiences.
The multi-talented David Mairs will appear as Guffy and he's joined by the fabulous Carole Anders as Cookie Crumble.
Did you know? Julie Heatherill was the original choice for Princess Pumpalot and played the role at early script read-throughs until other work commitments spirited her away from us.
The production is sponsored by Mandragora and Arcus Animation Studios.
Princess Pumpalot: The Story So Far
Writer/Producer of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess, Robin Mitchell, explains how the Princess came about.
While on holiday in Ireland in August 2011, the children's character Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess was born. I was staying with family in Dublin and on one particular rainy day, the idea for a farting princess was hatched.
It was the name – Princess Pumpalot - I liked at first. It made me laugh. It made anyone I told laugh. I instantly saw Princess Pumpalot as a ‘tom boy’, so introduced her to the game of rugby. She needed a sidekick, so Guffy was born.
The other characters inhabiting the fictional world of Wiffyville (The King, The Queen, The Two Princes’, The Low-Flying Gnomes, Geoffrey the Giraffe and the Bearded Witch) took a little more time to develop.
The book was published in July 2012 and shortly after this I met Theatre Director Liam Rudden, who liked the story so much, he suggested producing a stage show based on the book. Well, I didn’t expect anything to happen overnight but when you’re dealing with Liam, things tend to happen before you even suggest them. So by the summer of 2013 we were producing an Edinburgh Festival Fringe show which premiered at The Assembly Rooms.
I’ve been asking as many people as I can who buy a copy of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess to take a photo of themselves with the book. The photos have been added to Flickr online and by October 2015, over 200 photos had been uploaded to the site.
There was such a great response from 2013 show both from the audiences and the critics we knew we had created an enjoyable child-friendly production. Plans were soon underway for the 2014 show which took place at The New Town Theatre and our third incarnation was staged in August 2015 at Sweet Venues in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.
Also in June 2015, The Italian premiere of Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess with a stage production, based on the original text of the book, took place in Northern Italy. The production was performed by the Benvenuto Players - an English speaking Youth Theatre Group run by Theatre Producer Alison Parnell.
A new show has been written for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, called Princess Pumpalot: The Radio Show - Live On Stage! I based the new story around Princess Pumpalot and Guffy’s quest for the powerful purple super-farting bean. An early version of this show was tested at The Leith Festival with a lot of positive feedback.
On the back of the Fringe shows, the animation rights were snapped up by Mandragora Productions and Arcus Animation Studios. I never realised farting could travel so far. It’s quite remarkable how the Princess has taken off. She’s certainly gone from strength to strength and she hasn’t finished farting yet.
World Down Syndrome Day
In March 2016, as part of World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), Breadmakers (Director: Yasmin Fedda) will be screened in Slovenia.
The screening, to raise awareness and to fight stereotypes, will take place in Ljubljana as part of a short films presentation by The Kraken Short Film Society.
Breadmakers is a short 2007 documentary film directed by Yasmin Fedda and produced by Jim Hickey and Robin Mitchell. This is a film about a unique Edinburgh bakery, where a community of workers with learning disabilities make a variety of organic breads for daily delivery to shops and cafes in the city. The Garvald Bakery is part of a centre inspired by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner where the workers realise their potential for self-discovery and creativity in a social environment.
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), observed on 21st March every year, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.
What's Happening Next
2015 was quite a year for us with a variety of interesting projects including further development of Wiffyville Royalty - Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess (both book, stage show and animation) and the première of our new play May I Have The Bill Please?
2016 will kick off with another film project with Relationships Scotland which we're very much looking forward to. We then turn our attention to the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (more to follow).
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