Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales Preview
Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales
Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales is arriving at the Churchill Theatre on the 10th and 11th February.
I am a huge advocate for children;s shows as I believe the earlier that children start going to the theatre and loving it, the better. This is therefore a terrific way to follow up that panto trip for your littleuns. It weaves together 4 stories by Julia Donaldson (who wrote books like the Gruffalo!). You will need to prepare to go under the sea, out to the farm and into the jungle as these tales are brought to life on stage. The show contains live music and puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from best loved titles such as ‘Tiddler’, ‘Monkey Puzzle’, ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ and ‘A Squash and a Squeeze.’
Julia Donaldson remembers seeing the show for the first time. She says
“I just loved the energy and the music…the way that they get just the right level of audience participation – it keeps everyone involved. “
Julie saw her first book, ‘A Squish and a Squeeze published when she was in her mid 40s and has been a prolific writer since publishing well over 100 books as well as plays, songs, musicals and poems. Of course Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales being adapted to stage brings her a new audience:
“It’s a win win situation for us all. The fact that the book is already popular encourages people to go and see it but I think it’s different when you have a school group go and see it as not all of those children will have read it and so it brings new children to the story.”
Julie, lie myself, also seems to have strong views on the theatre and the impact it can have on children. She says that ” The whole experience of theatre is also something magical – especially for the children who have never been to the theatre before. I went to see ‘Where The Rainbow Ends’ as a child and that is something I still remember. That memory and that experience of theatre will stay with them forever.” Julie was the Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013 and continues to be a passionate advocate for children’s ficton and theatre…..sounds like a woman after my own heart!!
For ticket info visit the Churchill Theatres website and keep your eyes peeled for my returning guest blogger’s review of the show.
If you liked this you may also like the review of Mister Maker and The Shapes.