by Gardner Family Theatre

Books springing to life on stage is a great way to encourage children to read, engage and explore literature as part of their school reading programmes. This month we have Oliver Jeffers children's classic The Way Back Home, brought to the PJLA stage by Gardner Family Theatre.


by Oliver Jeffers - adapted for the stage by Adam Bampton-Smith and performed by Junji Defino and Christian Palencia.

Once there was a boy
who, one day, found himself
stuck on the moon
and he was not alone... 

"Well paced and full of the variety a very young audience needs" The Stage

"The young audience loved every moment, I strongly recommend this play to any family" Halifax Courier

One  day a boy finds a plane in his cupboard. He doesn't remember leaving it  there, but he decides to take it out for a go right away! He flies his  plane higher and higher until he runs out of petrol and lands on the  moon. He is frightened, lost and alone until a passing Martian lands  there too. Who is the strange alien? Can they really be friends? Will  they find their Way Back Home???

Adapted for the stage by Adam Bampton Smith (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Aliens Love Underpants, Monstersaurus with original music by the composers of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.


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The  weekday morning shows are intended for school groups. Any available tickets are released for public sale a few days before each performance.  

PJ Live Arts

  • Tues 12th Nov - 10am & 12 .30pm
  • Weds 13th Nov - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Thurs 14th Nov - 10am & 12:30pm
  • Fri 15th Nov - 10:30am
  • Sun 17th Oct - 2:30pm & 5:30pm

PJ Live Arts

  • Mon 18th Nov - 10am & 2.30pm
  • Tues 19th Nov - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Wed 20th Nov - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Thur 21st Nov - 10am & 12.30pm
  • Fri 22nd Nov - 10:30am
  • Sun 24th Nov - 2:30pm*** & 5:30pm

 PJ Live Arts

  • Mon 25th Nov - 10am & 12.30pm

Open to everyone, but specifically adapted for very young children experiencing their first theatre show, as well as children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory/communication issues. This type of performance - although with exactly the same content and length as a regular performance - aims to provide a more relaxed and supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety.

The Way Back Home

12-25 November, 2019

Adam Bampton-Smith


Adam is artistic director of Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company which he founded in 2004 to create theatre for young audiences. His stage adaptations of the Oliver Jeffers books The Way Back Home and Stuck and Mo Willems’ Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! have toured the UK, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai. His adaptation of the popular children’s book Aliens Love Underpants toured the UK in 2013 and London’s West End in Summer 2015. 

Junji Delfino


Though primarily known in the Malaysian music circuit as a jazz vocalist, Junji Delfino has also appeared in theatre, tv and films, most recently in NUNSENSE and SHEAR MADNESS. Though she considers herself an accidental actor, having started in the early days of The Instant Cafe Theatre Company the transition from songbird to thespian couldn’t have been a more natural progression. After all, for her, singing is storytelling set to music and she has told a million stories by now.

Christian Palencia


Christrian Palencia has a last name that would be familiar with most people in the local music industry. Being the younger brother of popular jazz singer Mia Palencia would naturally open him up to some (unfair) comparisons, but Christian has  been leaving his own mark on the music scene as the “Barefoot Musician”. The self-taught guitarist has been writing his own songs since he was 13. In Musical Theatre he won Best Composition for his first original Musical: Something in the Air Parts 1 and 2 (2018), and more recently he was seen in Next to Normal for Pan Productions.

PJ LIVE ARTS by Jaya One

Directions for the General Public

(Information for school buses is HERE)

PJLA is located on Floor 1 of Jaya One, but is best accessed via The School Enrichment Mall.  

The School Enrichment Mall is on Jalan Universiti, next to Jaya One.
- At one end of Jaya One you will see CIMB Bank. Enter there.
- Immediately bear RIGHT, and then turn left into the first parking entrance (P1), and park. You're now underneath The School Enrichment Mall.  
- Find Lift Lobby A. Take that to Level 1. You'll be outside Chimi Churri restaurant.
- Turn right, and right again, and cross the bridge between The School and Jaya One. PJ Live Arts is at the end of the bridge, on your right. See you there! (Call if you get lost!)


The Gruffalo's Child by Tall Stories UK

19th February - 16th March, 2020

Coming 2020

The Handlebards' THE TEMPEST

25-31 March, 2020

Coming April, 2020

Oliver Jeffers' LOST AND FOUND

 Bill Davies' (UK's Little Blue Monster  Theatre) beautiful adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' LOST AND  FOUND. “Once there was a boy and one day, he found a penguin at his  door. Lost! So, the boy decides to return the penguin to the South  Pole”. All told with  puppetry, songs and music. 

Stuck, The Way Back Home, now Lost & Found - the third installment of the BOY trilogy! 

Gardner & Wife Theatre

Malaysia's busiest presenter for family-friendly theatre!

Founded in 2000 by Chae Lian & Richard Gardner, Gardner & Wife Theatre is Malaysia's busiest arts presenter for international theatre and family-friendly performances. The company is committed to developing Malaysian audiences for the performing arts, and has presented over 50 productions from all over the world including Australia, England, Ireland, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore and USA.
For our past shows:

Richard Harding Gardner

Artistic Director

Richard started his working life in theatre in London, Madrid, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Houston and Los Angeles. Here in Malaysia, he has directed the stage productions of the Alan Ayckbourn's RELATIVELY SPEAKING, the comedy-with-music SOUVENIR, the interactive comedy whodunit SHEAR MADNESS, the musical comedies NUNSENSE and A  FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, as well as adapting and directing CHARLEY'S AUNTIE! Richard trained as an actor at Webber Douglas, London, and was educated in the U.S. with a degree in Philosophy from UCLA, Los Angeles.

Chae Lian


Chae Lian initially trained as a performer, receiving her Honours degree in Drama (Acting) from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Returning to Malaysia, she co-founded Gardner & Wife Theatre with Richard in 2001 and the company is now Malaysia's leading presenter for family theatre. In 2006, Chae Lian became the first South-East Asian Fellow in Arts Management at the John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington DC, the national cultural institution of the United States of America. Since 2013, she has also managed PJ Live Arts, Selangor's first independent theatre facility. 

Natalie Chong

Producer & General Manager

Natalie Chong joined Gardner & Wife Theatre in 2006 as Media Manager. As the role of traditional media in theatre marketing evolved, Natalie broadened her scope of work until she became General Manager, which, in arts-speak, means that she has also taken on the responsibility of the accounts, office administration, marketing and production coordination! Every August she travels to see even more children's theatre – thus far visiting London, Edinburgh, Wales, Belfast, Amsterdam, New York, Washington DC, Florida and Paris!

Gardner & Wife Theatre

30-G Jalan 25/70A #308
50480 Kuala Lumpur