Russell's World

Written & Directed by Herbie Barnes
Featuring Kelisha Daley, Ziska Louis
& Mike Petersen

On Demand May 5 – June 30

On Sale Now!


Recommended for Ages 5 – 10 | SK – Grade 4
Run Time: Approx.  50 minutes (incl. pre-recorded post-show Q&A)


Recorded this spring on YPT’s Mainstage, Russell’s World brings the imagination – and playfulness – of Artistic Director Herbie Barnes to life in this brand new production for on-demand viewing.

Russell’s World invites kids to explore their imaginations along with Russell – a lonely child who finds refuge from bullying in the make-believe world he creates in his bedroom – where his imagination (and belongings!) come to life. Innovative puppetry animates Russell’s fantastical friends “Bear”, “Jacket” and “Book” in this humorous and heartwarming play for the whole family.

“We have been hearing that our young ones are struggling to acclimate back into the world and regain social skills after two years of remote schooling and online living,” says Herbie. “As young people re-enter the in-person world, they may again face the bullying and loneliness that our hero faces in this play. Russell’s World helps children understand that creativity and imagination can inspire hope.”

russell's world cast and creative team



A recording of Russell’s World is available online from May 5 to June 30.

Once you have selected your performance date, you will have access to the recording for 48 hours.

Tickets are $10 per household. If you’d like to support YPT, you can also choose what you’d like to pay.


New this season, teachers can now book online! Simply select your preferred viewing period for Russell’s World from May 5 to June 30.

Prices & Packaging
Up to 4 Classrooms: $50/each
Mini-Pack of up to 7 Classrooms: $200
Unlimited Classroom Pack only: $350

Online Pre- and Post-Show Workshops
One workshop (pre- or post-show): $200
Two workshops (pre- and post-show): $375
Each workshop can accommodate one class (max. 30 students)

For more details on how to book your class/school online, please click here.


  • All performances include a pre-recorded post-show discussion with playwright & director Herbie Barnes and YPT Senior Education Manager Ryan Singh (approx. 10 minutes).
  • Study Guide – coming soon!
Pictured: Ziska Louis in Russell’s World.
Set & Costume Design by Anna Treusch; Lighting Design by Shawn Henry. Photos by Joshua Hind.


Curriculum Connections

  • Language
  • The Arts – Drama
  • Health and Physical Education – Social Emotional Learning
  • Full Day Kindergarten


  • Power of the imagination
  • Adapting to new circumstances
  • Overcoming loneliness
  • Making your own fun

Ancestral Teachings

  • Bravery
  • Love
  • Honesty

Program & Study Guide



Performance Calendar


    • Public
    • School and Groups